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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 "dying widow" scam.
- 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.Rose Buckley" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2021 09:47:45 -0800
Subject: Only Faithful Believe.
Only Faithful Believe.
How are you? Hope everything goes well.
Although I am not comfortable to send this proposal to you because of
increase in SCAM and FRAUD especially in Africa. It's my pleasure to
brief you with this. I am writing this mail to you with heavy tears In
my eyes and great sorrow in my heart, I want to tell you this because
I don't have any other option than to tell you as I was touched to
open up to you, I married to Mr.Sangoule Buckley who was exporter of
Gold from Burkina Faso mining to worldwide for ten years before he
died in the year 2010.We were married for 16 years without a child. He
died after a brief illness that lasted for only six days. Since his
death I decided not to remarry, when my late husband was alive he
deposited the sum of US$ 8.5M (eight million five hundred united
dollars) in bank and presently this money is still in bank, He made
this money available for exportation of Gold from Burkina Faso mining
Recently, I suffer from throat cancer terminally ill. My Doctor told
me that I am condemned to certain death due to cancer problem. The one
that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness .Having known my condition
I decided to hand you over this money to take care of the
less-privileged people, you will utilize this money the way I am going
to instruct herein.
As soon a s I receive your reply I will instruct the Bank Manger to
immediately transfer you the fund.
I await your prompt reply.Please send the following: Reply To This
E-mail Address email@example.com