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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 "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "MRS. RITA MADINE" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:55:31 +0200
Subject: I AWAIT URGENT REPLY
I AM MRS. RITA MADINE FROM REPUBLIC OF IRELAND, BORN IN THE STATE OF OHIO
USA. I AM LEGALLY MARRIED TO MR. HILARY MADINE , A SOUTH AFRICA CITIZEN
BORN BROUGHT UP IN SWITZERLAND, I LIVE IN SWITZERLAND WITH MY
HUSBAND FOR 32 YEARS BEFORE WE MOVE DOWN TO SOUTH AFRICA IN 1985 AFTER MY
HUSBAND RETIREMENT IN 1984, I AM 71 YEARS OLD BY THE GRACE OF GOD,
I AM A NEW CHRISTIAN CONVERT, SUFFERING FROM LONG TIME CANCER OF THE
ALL INDICATION FROM MY DOCTOR THAT MY CONDITIONS IS REALLY
DETERIORATING AND IT IS QUITE OBVIOUS THAT I WOULDNT LIVE MORE THAN TWO
MONTHS, ACCORDING TO MY DOCTORS AND IN ALL INDICATION REGARDS TO MEDICAL
ANALYSIS.THIS IS BECAUSE THE CANCER DISEASE HAS GOTTEN TO A
VERY BAD STAGE THAT NO HOPE FOR ME TO BE A LIVING PERSON AGAIN. MY DEAR
HUSBAND WAS INVOLVED WITH THE JANUARY 2000 KENYA AIRWAYS PLANE
CRASHED AS YOU CAN SEE ON THE NEWS LINE WEB SITE.
40 YEARS PERIOD OF MARRIAGE LIFE, STILL WE COULD NOT PRODUCE ANY CHILD, MY
LATE HUSBAND WAS VERY WEALTHY AND AFTER HIS DEATH, I INHERITED SOME PART OF
HIS BUSINESS AND MONEY IN THE BANK. THE DOCTORS HAS ADVISED ME THAT I MAY
NOT LIVE FOR MORE THAN ONE MONTHS AND 2
WEEKS AND WARN ME TO DECEASE FROM THINKING OVER WHO IS GOING TO INHERIT ME,
TODAY I HAVE DECIDED TO DONATE CONTRIBUTE TO THE LESS PRIVILEGES, CHARITY
AND ORPHANAGE HOMES. I MADE THIS DECISION AFTER
LISTING TO THE NEWS LINE ABOUT 100 YEARS OLD WOMAN WHO SECRETLY DONATE
HER FORTUNE UPON HER DEATH,
http://www.myfoxspokane.com/ dpps/news/dpgoh-woman-donates- se
cret-millions-upon-her-death- fc-20100305_6410207\http://www .
I CHOOSE YOU AFTER VIEWING YOUR PROFILE AND I HAVE CONFIDENT IN YOU BECAUSE
I HAVE PRAYED. I AM WILLING TO DONATE THE SUM OF $20.5MILLION U.S DOLLARS,
TO THE LESS PRIVILEGED. PLEASE I WANT YOU TO NOTE THAT
THIS FUND IS STILL IN THE BANK WHERE MY HUSBAND DEPOSITED IT. I AM GOING TO
ADVICE MY LAWYER TO CHANGE MY LAST WILL TO YOUR NAME AND FILE IN AN
APPLICATION FOR THE TRANSFER OF THE MONEY IN YOUR NAME. LASTLY, I HONESTLY
PRAY THAT THIS MONEY WHEN TRANSFERRED WILL BE USED FOR THE
SAID PURPOSE EVEN THOUGH I AM LATE THEN OR ALIVE, BECAUSE I HAVE COME TO
FIND OUT THAT WEALTH ACQUISITION WITHOUT GOD IS VANITY ACCORDING TO THE
WISEST KING IN ISRAEL KING SOLOMON, AND I MADE THE PROMISE TO GOD
THAT THE FUND WILL BE USE TO HELP THE NEEDY AND THE LESS PRIVILEGE,
Reply me through this email:
MAY THE GRACE OF OUR LORD THE LOVE OF GOD AND THE FELLOWSHIP OF GOD BE
WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, PLEASE FURTHER DISCUSSION CONTACT ME WITH MY