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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
Date: Sat, 03 Apr 2021 05:37:35 -0700
How are you doing today? I went through your profile on the internet and counted you worthy for this transaction. I am a cancer woman and according to my doctor, I will not live long and I may die soon. When my husband was alive he made a deposit of $4.5 Million. Knowing my condition I have decided to donate this money out for charity purposes. To Asian Countries & Middle East. I want to transfer this fund into your control, I want you to use at least 70% of it for charities of your choice. I will give detail when you reply back and precisely state or reconfirm me yours:
1. Full Name........
5. Mobile N°......
7. E-mail address....
My name is. Mrs. Monica L. Nemeth. From the United States of America. However, I know that this message may surprise you, please consider this in all seriousness, I asked for your help in the most gentle language. I checked your profile on the internet and I considered you worthy for this transaction. I am a dying woman who has decided to donate what I have for charities. I am 79 years old and have been diagnosed with Lung, Cervical & Throat Cancer four years ago. Immediately after the death of my husband, life for me in this world is not so important, as we are spending our lives in this world to be able to have a place in heaven.
I was touched by God to donate what I inherited from my late husband to the good work for humanity, instead of allowing his relatives to ruthlessly use my husband's funds. While lying on my sickbed, I want you to help me realize my last wish on earth, which will be very beneficial to you. I want a total amount of ($ 4.5 million) to be released to you, and I want you to distribute part of it to any charity of your choice, for your kindness, in this work that you must do. I'm offering you 30%. while 70% of the Fund will go to any CHARITY WORK that you choose once you accept me to help me utilize this money very well.
Mrs. Monica Lynn Nemeth.