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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 us 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)
- "hundred thousand us 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)
- "your urgent reply" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "affidavit " (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "stay blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Thu, 6 May 2021 16:41:13 +0100
Subject: MAY GOD BLESS YOU
My dearest in the Lord,
Golgotha greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am Mrs Divina Purugganan from USA. I was married to Mr. Khater Rashid Purugganan, who had worked with the Kuwaiti Embassy in the Philippines for nine years before he died last year. We were married for eleven years without a child. My husband died after a brief illness that lasted only four days. Before his death, we both became born-again Christians. I know you are surprised to receive this letter, but as a child of the Living God you should know that our ways are not his ways. My Bible tells me that he works in many ways and all things work for good for those who believed in Christ Jesus. Indeed, I also choose you through the guidance of the Holy Spirit of God in obedience and love to fulfil the wish of my late husband, whom I supported for the glory of God. I want you to understand that this benevolence fulfils the wish and decision of my late husband, which I have been persuaded to carry out.
Since the death of my beloved husband, I have decided not to remarry or have a child outside my married home, which the Bible opposes. While my late husband was still alive, he deposited the sum of three million five hundred thousand US dollars (US$5,000 000.00(Five Million US Dollars)) in a bank here in Philippines. This money is currently in the bank. Recently, my doctor told me that I would not last nine months because of my cancer problem. The thing that bothers me most is my stroke. After knowing my condition, I decided to donate this fund to a charity, a church, a Christian organisation or a true believer who will use this money the way I will teach here
I want this fund to be used for orphanages, schools, churches, widows and the less privileged to spread the Word of God and to ensure that the house of God is maintained. The Bible has made us understand that "Blessed is the hand that gives". I have made this decision because I do not have a child to inherit this money, and my husband's relatives are unbelievers, and I do not want my husband's efforts to be used by unbelievers.
I do not want a situation where this money is used in an ungodly way. That is why I am making this decision. I am not afraid to die, so I know where I am going. I know that I will be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that "the Lord will fight my case and I will keep my peace". I do not need to communicate by telephone in this regard, as my state of health and the relatives of my late husband around me are always trying to claim this money that my husband left me. I do not want them to know about this development. With God all things are possible.
I would like you to take this into your own hands, as my health does not allow me to do so, as I have been regularly subjected to medical dialysis. Even I am writing this letter with the help of a nurse who helps me. I would like you to send me your full name and address so that I can swear on an affidavit that officially and legally recognises you as a member of this fund, so that your entitlement to this fund will continue even if I am dead. I will send you the declaration on oath and the certificate of deposit of this fund immediately after completion of the declaration on oath. As soon as I have received your reply, I will give you the contact of the bank in Philippines where this money was deposited by my beloved husband. I will also issue the affidavit of oath which legally and officially approves you as next of kin and new beneficiaries of the Fund, together with the certificate of deposit of this Fund with which my late husband paid the money in the bank. I want you to pray for me always, because the
My happiness is that I have lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and in truth.
I would like you to send me the following articles to process the affidavit:
(1) Your full name ....
(2) Your address ....
(3) Your nationality ....
(4) Your age / gender ......
(5) Your profession .......
(6) Your marital status .....
(7) Your direct telephone number .....
I need this information very urgently. Any delay in your reply will give me room to find another person for the same purpose.
I hope for your urgent reply.
Stay blessed in the Lord.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs Divina Purugganan