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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:
- ",000,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Bernard Arnault"<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 09 Mar 2021 16:54:58 -0800
Subject: Congratulations to Your $2 MILLION USD,
You have been gifted $2 MILLION USD in 2021 Donation Funds in this month of February.
Contact us at this email for your claim: (email@example.com)
Note: if you found this email in your junk/spam, it's because of your internet isp server.
I hope this information meet you well as I know you will be curious to know why/how I selected you to receive a cash sum of $2 MILLION USD, our information below is 100% legitimate, My wife and I decided to donate the sum of $2,000,000.00 USD to you as part of our charity project to improve the lot of 10 lucky individuals all over the world from our $13.5 Billion Usd I and My Wife Mapped out to help people before she died. We prayed and searched over the internet for assistance because I saw your profile on Microsoft email owners list and picked you. Helene my wife and I have decided to make sure this is put on the internet for the world to see. My wife has cancer and she died at Colchester regional hospital, my wife just didn't die but she was a great person and I miss her so much and this is why I have decided to do one thing I promised her forever. as you could see from the web page above, am not getting any younger
You see after taken care of the needs of our immediate family members, Before she died we decided to donate the remaining of our Billions to other individuals around the world in need, the local fire department, the red cross, Haiti, hospitals in Truro where Helene underwent her cancer treatment, and some other organizations in Asia and Europe that fight cancer, Alzheimer's and diabetes and the bulk of the funds deposited with our payout bank of this charity donation. We have kept just 40% of the entire sum to ourselves for the remaining days because I am sick and am writing to you from the hospital computer because I don't know when I will die. To facilitate the payment process of the funds ($2,000,000,00 USD) which have been donated solely to you,
you are to send us.
your full name.................
your contact address.....................
your personal telephone number...............
your Date of birth...
your Marital Status............................
One Passport photographs or any of your valid Identity so that I can forward your payment information to you immediately. I am hoping that you will be able to use the money wisely and judiciously over there in your country. Please, you have to do your part to also alleviate the level of poverty in your region, help as many you can help once you have this money in your personal account because that is the only objective of donating this money to you in the first place. I like to re-assure you of the legitimacy of this service as we will not be involved in any fraudulent act and will never be.
Use the money wisely, we only want to feel good by helping people this time of the year, this is the only thing that makes my wife happy too even now that she is not here with me anymore, we have too much to give away as I only have a few months left on earth. I will advise you as the prospective lucky Person to be calm not to lose this great opportunity which millions of people are trying to entangle but the chances just couldn't come for them because a lot of people are out there to discourage them as they don't know how it works, and have never seen such before.
Try and make sure that you contact me on this Email below because that is my private email where i can respond to you (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thank you for accepting our offer,we are indeed grateful You Can Google my name for more information: Mr Bernard Arnault.
God bless you
Mr.Bernard Arnault Billionaire investor