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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:
- "million 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)
- 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: Reserved Mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2021 12:25:09 +0200
Subject: Please Consider Urgent
Please Consider Urgent
It is my pleasure to bring you this goodwill message. I am MRS. MIRABEL
KUMAR originally from the United Kingdom, but legally married to MR. DENIS
KUMAR, a South African citizen raised in England. I lived in Switzerland
with my husband for 32 years before we moved down to South Africa in 1985
after my husband retired in 1984, I am 71 years old by the grace of God,
suffering from a terminal medical condition called cancer of the breast. I
have suffered from this sickness for a long time.
My Doctor had confirmed that my condition is progressively getting worse,
advising that I wouldnât live for more than three months, according to the
medical analysis. The cancer disease has reached the final stage that there
is no hope for me again. My dear husband was among 7 South Africans
involved in the January 2000 Kenya Airways plane crash which killed all 114
people on board as you can read on this news website.
In the 40 years period of our marriage life, we could not bear children
even after expensive medical treatments. Without being immodest, my late
husband was a very wealthy man and after his death, I inherited some part
of his business and fund in the bank. Now that I have been given three
months and 2 weeks to live, it got me thinking soberly; who is going to
inherit me and the wealth? I now remembered my life dream and passion to
help the less privileged. Based on this, today I have decided to donate
and contribute to the less privileged, charity homes, and orphanages and to
those displaced by wars around the world. I made this decision after
passionately listening to an online news channel about a 100 years old
wealthy woman who secretly donated her fortune and wealth upon her death.
It is here: https://youtu.be/O8o-e-iLsUM
I choose you after viewing your profile and I trust my instinct to contact
you because I have prayed about it. This gives me the confidence to donate
the sum of $30.7million US dollars to the less privileged of which you will
be responsible for management and disbursement of this fund to
organizations that I will appoint. For your stewardship, 30% of the money
which will be ($9,210,000) will be your compensation for helping me fulfil
my hearth desire.
As you may know this fund is in my late husbandâs Bank account. If Iâm
satisfied with your response, I will advise my lawyer to change my last
will to your names and consequently file an application for the transfer of
the money to your Bank account. Lastly, I honestly pray that when this
money is transferred to your Bank account it will be used for the agreed
purpose as I vowed to god; whether Iâm alive or dead. I have come to the
conclusion that wealth acquisition without helping the less privileged is
Reply me through this email: email@example.com
May the grace of our lord the love of god be with you and your family as I
wait for your prompt reply,
MRS. MIRABEL KUMAR
This is the lady that inspired me to do this.
Millionaire Donates Her Fortune