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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Esther D. Parr" <Estherd@hotmail.co.za>
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2020 19:59:09 +0200
Subject: My Beloved Dear.
Hello my dear beloved.
This is crucially urgent and that is my reason of writing to you, please Dear.
It is quiet absurd that, Our 40 years of marriage life and we could not have any child; My late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited some parts of his businesses and money in the bank. The doctor has advised me that I may not live for more than (3) three months and 2 weeks and warn me to stop thinking over who is going to inherit our wealth. Based on that, today I have decided to donate and contribute to the less privileges, charity homes, and orphanage homes and to those displaced by wars going on in the middle-east and around other parts of the world. I made this decision after listening to the news line about 100 years old woman who secretly donated her fortune and wealth upon her death, As you read it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8o-e-ilsum
I am Mrs. Deborah E. Parrboat from republic of Ireland, born in the state of Ohio USA. I am legally married to Mr. Hilary Hendricks Parrboat, a South Africa citizen born and brought up in Switzerland, I lived in Switzerland with my husband for 18 years before we returned to south Africa in 1996 after my husbands retirement. I am 73 years old by the grace of God, and I respect humanity and nature. Actually, it is the reason I have contacted you because I know you can be trusted, as I noticed it from your profile before I decided to contact you for this. The reason I have contacted you is simply because, I have been sick with (illness) cancer of the bone (leukemia). This illness has troubled me for a long time. And all indications from my doctor and medical analysis is that, my condition is really deteriorating and getting worse; although it is God who has the final decision to my life, but the fact is that the cancer disease has gotten to a very bad stage that, there is no hope for me to be living again.
My dear husband was involved with the January 2000 Kenya airways plane crashed as you can see on the news line website. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6627485.stm ). I choose to contact you after coming across your profile in the chamber of commerce here in Johannesburg, South Africa and I have the confidence and trust in you with regards to your personality and respect that you have.
I am donating this sum of $20.5million US-Dollars, to the less privileged of which you will be responsible in taking care of the disbursement and sharing of this money to organizations that I will appoint in your country and some other places around the world. Meanwhile, you will also get 30% of the money which will be; six million and one hundred thousand dollars ($6,150,000.00), as your compensation (shear) for helping me to fulfill this WILL of donation that I and my late husband jointly agreed upon, before his death.
Please I want you to note that this fund is still in the bank where my late husband and I deposited it. I am going to advice my banker to change my last WILL to your name and file in an application for the transfer of the money in your names and to your account, once I have received your quick reply.
Please bear it in mind that every document will be changed to your name and the money will rightfully belong to your name as quickly as I get your reply. I made the promise to God that the fund will be used to help the needy and the less privilege, reply to me as soon as you get this message through this email address (firstname.lastname@example.org )
May Gods grace guide and see you through as you help me in the fulfillment of this last WILL of mine.
Please for further discussion; write to me with through the email address
You can call me you receive this mail (+27-79-440-5094)
God bless you and your family.
I await urgent reply.
Mrs. Deborah E. Parrboat.
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