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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a "dying merchant" scam.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
Date: Wed, 07 Oct 2020 19:35:31 +0100
Subject: Mr david kola Lucas
I am Mr david kola Lucas, a merchant in the Middle East.But based in
have been diagnosed with Cancer which was discovered very late, due to
laxity in caring for my health. It has defiled all forms of medicine,
now I have only about a few months to live, according to my Medical
I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared
myself but the oil business. Though, I am very rich, I was never ge!
nerous, I only focused on my business as that was the only thing I cared
But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than
just wanting to have or make all the money in the world. I believe when
gives me a second chance and heal me I would live my life a different
from how I have lived it.I have sowed a seed for my healing I have
and given most of my properties and assets to my immediate and extended
family members and as well as a few close friends. I want God to be
merciful to me and accept my soul and so, I have decided to give arms to
charity organizations and give succor and comfort to the less privileged
the Tsunami Victims and the Huricane katrina in USA, as I want this to
one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed
to some charity organizations in India and Malaysia. Now that my health
deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this mys! Elf anymore.
I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts in Saudi
and distribute the money which I have there to charity organization and
the less privileged in Bulgaria and Sudan-Africa They cashed the money
kept it only to themselves.Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they
not to be contended with what I have left for them already. The last of
money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of $4, million that
have in the BANK for safe keeping. I want you
collect this deposit on my behalf and disburse half of it to the
Katrina in USA as well as Tsunami Earthquake victims in Asia for the
privileged (for charity purpose) and the other half to set up an
that is profit base in other to keep the charity work alive.
Please send me a mail to indicate your wiliness to assist in this
disbursement. For your willingness and readiness to act accor! dingly, I
will set aside 40% for you for your time and efforts in caring out this
responsibility on my behalf while,the remaining 60% will be used by you
both charity work and setting up of an investment that is profit
to enable you continue to assist the less privileged from time to time
the profit you make from this investment annually. I need your urgent
so that I will not have to go on sourcing for a credible person to
this project. I look forward to hear from you soon.ALWAYS REPLY TO ME
God bless you.
Mr david kola Lucas