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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:
- "million 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)
- "robert mugabe" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Judith" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: "Judith" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 3 May 2019 18:00:56 -0700
Subject: Please Read My Request
During the past crisis against farmers in my country zimbabwe and from the support of our former President Robert Mugabe to claim all the white owned farms in our country, all the white farmers were ordered to surrender their farms to his party members and his followers. My husband who was one of the farm yards owners in zimbabwe and also the treasurer of the commercial farmers' union, He wasn't not support the president Robert Mugabe idea, so the party members invaded my husband's farms and burnt everything in the farm, killed my husband and made away with all items in the farm.
My name is Mrs.Judith Chamisa 69 years old orphan woman, married to a late foreigner Mr.Rosenfels jje Chamisa a Swiss Nationale, owner of Koolboy farm yards in Bulaima mangwe district of zimbabwe; We were married but without any children, With due respect, trust and humility, I write you this request to seek and solicit for your kind assistance to help me donate / invest my late husband's investment fund of US$3.8 million dollars into churches,orphanages home,handicaps,widows,widowers,the destitute and to other Less-privileged people and society around the world.
The money was meant to be used for the purchase of new machines and chemicals from china and vietnam for his farm yards. Presently the money is deposited with a security & finance vault company for safekeeping.
Since my Husband's death I have been hospitalize for months now due to cancer problem that I have been suffering from, and also been affected with blood disease called"Acute Leukemia"which has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and right now the doctor said I have only about a few months to live,and even since then lost my ability to talk properly. My husband relatives don't care about my health, they have collected and sold other properties owned by my late husband, they are wicked to me also they don't come to visit me where am receiving treatment to know if I'm dead or alive.
I will not be happy to let my husband relatives have everything that belongs to my late husband and this is why I am contacting you with my honest and faithful heart to sign the above Mentioned amount to you, so that you Can utilize 80% of this money to the following above requested lists like the churches, orphanages home, handicaps and widows around the world but all should be on my late husband and I name, so that I will be happy that i have fulfill my wish before joining my husband in the grave.
Recently, The security company management wrote me as the next beneficiary to my late husband to come forward to collect the money because the date which my late husband agreed with the security & finance company for collection has expired and due to the condition of my health I am unable to go and collect the money, I should prepare a letter of authorization to somebody to come forth and collect the money on my behalf.
If you are willingly to help me and fulfil my wish, I will give you all the information on how to collect the money from the security & finance vault company where the money is been deposited. I will also issue you a letter of authority declaring you as the next beneficiary and Please do assure me that you will act accordingly and keep all promises of yours close to heart.
Thanking you for your positive response.