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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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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 "dying merchant" 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 15 May 2021 11:05:00 -0500
Subject: Frm> Mr. Fitzpatrick D. Moore c
I am Mr.Fitzpatrick D. Moore from Ireland, a contractor in both USA,Canada,Norway and London, lived in Norway for 26years and currently residing in London United Kingdom (UK),. I am 75 years old. I was browsing and I saw your e-mail So I decided to write you if your e-mail is still active. Please accept my apology for this unsolicited contact, I have been diagnosed with Lung cancer. It has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few months to live. I am very rich, but was never generous; I have given most of my assets to my immediate family members.
My health condition has gotten worse and just two weeks ago my doctor informed me that my condition has reach a critical stage, and that I have just 3 months left. This confirmation is from my doctor and still a devastating news; it is hard to know that you have just a little time left to live here. After the doctorâs medical pronunciation that I have just few months to live, I decided to divide my wealth to contribute to your country where as a contractor made lots of money. I want to assist you with the funds to do great charity works in your country, this is my last wish. I selected you after searching few websites; I prayed and God led me to you.
I have decided to give alms to charity organizations. I cannot do this myself anymore because of my health. I once asked members of my family to give some money to charity organizations, they refused and kept the money. I have a huge cash deposit of (US$5.6M) Five Million six hundred thousand united states dollars with a Diplomatic Finance Management Company (DFMC) in United State of America (USA). I will want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatch it to charity organizations. You will take out 30% of these funds for your assistance to help me disburse this fund to charities and 70% goes for the charity project.
Do let me know if you will be able to handle this fund and use it for the said purpose so that I will inform the Diplomatic Finance Management Company (DFMC) in United State of America (USA) on my decision. Reply to me using (email@example.com). Please reply to my mail for more details on how to claim this Gift.
I will like you to acknowledge the receipt of this e-mail as soon as possible and treats with absolute confidentiality and sincerity.
Peace of the Lord be with you and family.
Fitzpatrick D. Moore