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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:
- "might come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs.Kristen Sharon Thomson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 7 May 2021 10:57:43 +0100
Subject: God directed me to you, please is urgent
Hello greetings my beloved,
As the lord direct me, I know that this message might come to you as a
surprise but accept it with an open and positive mind, because I have
a very important request that made me to contact you in this regard.
I am a widow diagnosed with brain tumour disease. It has gotten to a
very bad stage which my doctors have confirmed and announced to me
that I have just a few days to leave, Now that Iâm ending the race
like this, without any family members and no child.
I was a business woman from Indonesia dealing with gold exportation
here in Morocco. I have decided to hand over and entrust the sum of
($10.5 Million Dollar) in my account to you for the mutual benefit of
the orphans and the less privileged ones in your location to fulfil my
wish on earth.
But before handing over my dataâs to you, I want you to understand
that It will be my pleasure to compensate you as my Investment
Manager/Partner with 50% percent of the total money for your effort in
handling the transaction, while 50% of the fund will be invested into
the charity project there in your country.
Meanwhile i will want you to contact me on my private email
KristenSharon56@protonmail.ch I am waiting for your prompt response
Now I have access to the Internet in the hospital, I will give you
further details and my data. Please always check your e-mail as I have
only a few days to leave on this earth. Your early response will be
Mrs.Kristen Sharon Thomson
ÂÂMrs. Kristen / Manage
Barrows Customize Gold
22 BOULEVARD ABDELKRIM EL KHATTABI
ANFA CASABLANCA , 20170 Morocco
Office number: +212 (056) 3-67-87Â
10/F., The Rays, 71 Hung To Road, Del Carmen, Casablanca, Morocco City