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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:
- "hundred thousand united states 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)
- "united state of america" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- 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 (Gmail/GoogleMail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
Date: Mon, 07 Dec 2020 20:58:37 +0000
Subject: URGENT ATTENTION
To fill it out, visit:
Dear Beloved In Christ,
Hope you and your family are safe in this corona virus pandemic
period.However,I have a serious concern with which I believe you might
be of help and for this reason, I cannot but reach out to someone.My
name is Mrs. Elvira Moore. I am 79years old a citizen of United State
of America I was married to Late Mr. Albert. Moore a British citizen
but died many years ago living his only son Gregory and I in this
world as if that is not
enough 15 years ago I lost my only beloved son Gregory with his wife
and children in a plan crash on a business trip in Tanzania
Africa.The entire family was gone only me behind.I am now a new
Christian convert, suffering from long time Pancreatic Cancer and
decided to serve mankind to the best of my ability. Since my only
lovely son death, I have lived with the memories, fighting
effortlessly to live a normal life but all to no avail.
I suffered mentally and psychologically and shortly was diagnosed of
I lived with the scourge praying earnestly for divine intervention.
Just few weeks ago, the doctor informed me that I have just about
three months more to live. I was not shocked. I accepted the news in
good faith Brethren, it is in this regard that I write to you, having
sourced your address from a database on my late son's internet dozier
prayers.Before my son died, he deposited a sum of [ Twenty
Million,five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only] with a bank
in London UK .I have wholeheartedly decided to donate the entirety of
this fund to any devoted Believer or organization and to achieve this,
I need an individual that will utilize this funds adherent for these
1: For the sick, less-privileged
2: For the Widows and the motherless babies e.t.c
3: Orphanage or Charity Home
4: Corona virus pandemic Victims
These are the wishes of a dying woman. They are the desires of my
heart;hence my decision as I have lost my husband,son and grand
children and no family member is left to take over this
inheritance.Please, understand that I am not doing this because of
fear of death as I am certain where my place already is. At this
point, friends and well wishers are all clambered around me as I
sojourn in my hospital bed and are unaware
of my plight, hence I will not be able to make an open
conversation.When I receive your response, I will direct you at once
to the bank and all I need from you is Truthfulness, Honesty and
Sincerity assuring me that you can in all honesty and obedience
utilize the funds for the purpose with which it is meant. In any a
case, a quick response from you will be highly appreciated as I am
already on a count-down and may not have ample time to finalize the
procedures.Any delay in response may compel me to source for
other measures or perhaps choose the alternative which I will not be
happy to Please,do not see this as a strange possibility or an
unbelievable opportunity to make wealth, rather see this as a rare
chance to assist the less privileged in truth and in spirit.The gift
for Gods work is free of charge and need no money, pain and sorrow.I
await your immediate response via this email
Thank you and Bless You richly!
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