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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "huge sum of money" (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)
- "hundred thousand 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)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: MRS ANAKI BENSON <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2019 10:11:21 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Use this Money for the Charity Work
From Mrs Anaki Benson
Use this Money for Charity works,
Greetings in the Name of the Most High God who gave me the opportunity to get in contact with you, I am Mrs Anaki Benson . A woman from Kuwait. I am marry to Mr Anaki Benson a citizen of Cote d'lvoire, who is the international exporter of cocoa based in Abidjan Cote d'lvoire.We were married for fifteen years without a child .
My husband died on the 15th of October 2016 after a brirf illness that lasted only a week and two days. Before his death we are happly married as husband and wife. Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside our Marriage, because of the love I have for my husband, when my husband was alive he deposited a huge sum of money in a private security company here in Abidjan Cote d'lvoire.
Recently my doctor told me that I have cardiac problem which affected my heart. And the most is my stroke.And it is quite obvious that I won't live more than eight months according to my doctor.This is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage .My late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited all his business access.
Since my doctor has adviced me that I will not live for more than eight months,so I decided to devide the part of this wealth,to contribute to the development of Church in Africa, Asia,Europe,and helping of the motherless babies and widows. Now the Lord has called me to rest my life with him in heaven meanwhile, I am willing to donate this money (USD 4.5M) Four Mllion Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars to you for the use of charity work in your Country and to help the widows,motherless babies and refugee camps in your country.
I am asking of your assistance immediately I finished my prayer and asked the Almighty God about this matter to consult me a person who will not betray me in this money when he/she will get it from the security company, and according to the leading of God I have chosen you to help me out for this matter, here is my instruction stated below.
(1) I will like you to promise me that you will use this money for charity work.
(2) That you will not betray me as soon as you get this money from the security company.
(3) And also that you will not depart from my instruction for this money.
May the Love and grace of God be with you and your family, and may you see the goodness of the God in your life this year Amen.
I wait for your urgent respond.
Your's sister. Mrs Anaki Benson
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