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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "might come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Michael" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 12:55:29 -0000
Subject: I thank God For the Life o Charles
Dearest in Christ ,
I am Pastor Michael and by the Grace of God, Pastor in charge Revival Holy Church here in Ghana Accra. I know that this letter might come to you as a surprise. Nevertheless, I will like you to treat this matter very important as you can once you receive this message because my contact to you is a divine contact based on God's direction. I am also believing that you will not let down this trust as I am quite sure that you are also a believer of the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Pastor Michael
Late Mrs Elizabeth Dodo was a full member of our church and was a sincere and devoted
Christian too. Due to the trust she had on me as her Pastor, before her sudden death, she revealed to me $9.5.million her late husband Dr.Stephen Dodo deposited in the bank here which he wanted to used on an Oversea Business Projects before his sudden death as was caused by Car Accident. Her Wife Mrs Elizabeth Dodo revealed this to me in case she did not survive her sickness. She instructed me to make an arrangement with a foreigner who will contact the bank as her late husband Foreign Associate and provide a means of transferring this fund for the future of her only Son . She do not want the money to be invested in this country because of their enemies and also the Condition of our country and instability here in GHANA and West Africa as a whole. Though we did everything possible, spiritually and physically for her to survive, but behold, it was her time to me
et the Almighty ( May her Soul Re
Her Son are now under my care and Please, if this letter touches you and you are willing to guide this money for this orphan with honesty and with the fear of God, please get back to me immediately so that I will give you more details about this transfer and also advice you on what to do.Feel very free to carry on this transfer with me as I have gone to the bank where the money is lodged and confirmed everything Legal as a Servant of God Be rest assured that every thing about this matter is legally back-up and through your sincere co-operation in this matter, this fund will be transferred successfully to you according to the will of God and with hope, our God will never let me down for directing me to you.
I am sending this mail to you with a Divine Glory of our Lord and peace to you and your family, Amen.can contact me after reading this mail with good faith Amen:
God Bless you.