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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:
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs.Willeke Liselotte"<email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2020 05:02:48 +0100
Subject: From Mrs. Willeke Liselotte Bruijn,
Dear Beloved one,
Good day my dear and may God bless you, My name is Mrs. Willeke Liselotte B=
ruijn from Germany. I am married to late Dr. Thijs Lucas Bruijn who worked=
with Germany embassy in India for nine years before he died in the year Oc=
tober 2014.My late husband before he died deposited fund with the Reserve b=
ank in India for investment project in India and I have been diagnose with =
Esophageal cancer and also tested positive of Corona Virus and right now I =
am receiving treatment in London hospital UK and I have decided to donate t=
his Fund to you so That it will be use this money to help the orphanage,hel=
pless poor children who is suffering from this deadly Corona Virus Pandemic=
without any good medical treatment.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank in=
India their office in charge to transfer the money to your account.I belie=
ve to found someone in you who is honest and trustworthy, who is going to h=
andle this transaction without betraying my trust or try to divert the mone=
y for your own personal use,please consider yourself a lucky man to save th=
e lives and souls of the poor orphanages and those suffering because of thi=
s global lock down of Corona Virus Pandemic.
Waiting for your reply.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Willeke Liselotte Bruijn firstname.lastname@example.org