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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:
- 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:
- "hundred thousand us dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Flordevin Pingan <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2021 16:19:54 +0100
Subject: Re: HELLO, MY DONATION TO YOU.
My Dear in God We Trust.
I Am Happy To Contact You Today in good faith.
With Due Respect and Humility, I was compelled to write to you under
humanitarian ground. I, Mrs Floredvila Pingian, Philippine Origin married
to Late Sir Ratnavale from JAPAN but Live in MALAYSIA with My Late Husband.
I have made a personal decision to donate what I inherited from my late
husband to the Charity, less privilege, building and orphans. assistance of
the poor widows, motherless babies, Charity organization, CHRISTIAN OR
MUSLIM, and orphans. I am 70 years old and I was diagnosed with cancer for
the past 4 years, immediately after the death of my husband. We were both
married for many years without a child, I took this decision because I
don't have any child that will inherit this Fund. (One Million, Six Hundred
Thousand US Dollars)
My late husband was The Chairman/CEO of E-Global Industries and a
philanthropist based in MALAYSIA. I have been touched by God to donate what
I have inherited from my late husband through you for this charity work, My
present condition has really taught me that all the wealth in this world is
vanity, I have made up my mind to donate this money to the people in need
so that God will have mercy on me, I don't know you in person but God knows
you,so contacting you for this assignment is a direction from the holy
spirit of God to donate this fund outside this country through you as my
late husband has already donated a lot in this country Malaysia,
Your urgent response is required in this matter due to my present critical
condition of my health,it was a Sister nurse working in this hospital that
helped me to type this message, because I am losing strength every minute
of the day. All I need from you is prayers that God will accept my soul in
case I didn't survive this surgery. Please always be prayerful all through
your life, we are visitors on this earth and we must be very careful in
whatever we do so that our soul will not be a waste. I wish you all the
best and may God bless you abundantly. I AM WAITING FOR YOUR URGENT REPLY.
Remain blessed in God. Yours
Mother Mrs Floredvila Pingian