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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.
- 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: "Elinor S. Adam" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2021 07:16:07 +0000
Subject: From: Elinor Salah Adam
*I bring peace and message of good health to your family; I also wish*
*you a life free of trauma and ordeals.*
*I'm Elinor S. Adam, widowed and the mother to Salah Adam (my only*
*son), Shaline Adam (daughter in-law), Joshua Adam (grandson 4years)*
*and Rebecca Adam (granddaughter 1year and 10months) who died untimely*
*in an Egypt Air Flight 990 crash 31 October 1999. Please do visit the*
*publication website below and also find out how many more souls that*
*perished in that ill fated air disaster.*
*I'm a Canadian, I lost my husband 5years ego and I have been living*
*with this pain till date. We are dedicated missionary workers,*
*hospitable people and reaching out to mankind has been our greatest*
*achievement. My son was an athlete and also a Baptist missionary*
*worker along with his dear wife. Oh, may their souls rest in peace.*
*Since the sudden death of my children, I have lived with the memories,*
*fighting effortlessly to bounce back to normal life but all to no*
*avail. I suffered psychologically and shortly was diagnosed of Cancer.*
*I got your contact address from my late children's missionary/tourist*
*dossier, it maybe that they intended reaching out to you during their*
*missionary days before the untimely death stole them away. Before*
*their untimely death, my family had the sum of $8.6 Million mapped out*
*to propagate more the missionary movement. The quest is to reach out*
*to the poorest, destitutes, orphanage homes, refugee camps with no*
*Christian/Muslim border limitation or discrimination because we are*
*one irrespective of religion/faith.*
*I oblige you to embark on the wish of a dying poor woman like me and*
*judiciously touch the lives of the poorest, destitutes, orphanage*
*villages children, refugee camps etc. so that the souls of my children*
*and mine will rest in peace when I finally reunite with mine children*
*in afterlife just few months from now according to my health*
*specialist. All I need from you is Truthfulness, Honesty and Sincerity*
*assuring me that you can in all honesty and obedience utilize the*
*funds as supposed*
*Waiting for your anticipatory feedback on/before 3days to enable me*
*know if you are ready or not. please reply here ( email@example.com
*Elinor S. Adam*