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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.
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
Date: Thu, 05 Aug 2021 16:16:55 +0100
Subject: Next of Kin
Hello My Dearest,
I want you to read this letter very carefully and i must apologize for bringing this massage to your email without any formal introduction due to the urgency confidential of this issue. I am happy to know you. But Almighty Lord knows you better and know why he directed me to you at this point. To begin i saw your email and contact details on my search for a good Next of kin online as a result of my urgency to put my last wish into reality before i die any time soon.
I am writing this mail to you with heavy tears In my eyes and great sorrow in my heart, My Name is Mrs Jessika Singh, I am contacting you from my country India 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. Peter Singh who worked with Indian embassy in Madrid Spain for nine years before he died last year 2020 due to Covid19. We were married for eleven years without a child.
He died after a brief illness from the corona Virus that lasted for only Twenty days. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of â¬10,850,000.00 ( Ten million eight hundred and fifty thousand euro ) in a bank here in India . Presently this money is still in the bank, he made this money available for exportation of Gold from Madrid Spain mining before his sudden death. Recently My Doctor told me that I would not last for the period of 3 months due to cancer problem again. The one that disturbs me most is my stroke illness. 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.
I want you to take 40 Percent of the total money for your personal use and for your effort and dedication towards the charity project work, while 60% of the money will go to the charity project work, people in need from the street and helping the orphanage too, I grew up as an orphan and i don't have anybody as my family member. Also make sure that the house of God is maintained from the funds. Am doing this so that God will forgive my sins and accept my soul because these sicknesses have suffered me so much. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank here in India and I will also instruct the Bank Manager to issue you an authority letter that will prove you the present beneficiary of the money in the bank that is if you assure me that you will act accordingly as i Stated herein.
Hoping to receive your reply, then i will proceed with you to the bank for the money transfer to your bank account as soon as possible, that is if you are serious enough to handle the project and also dedicate your effort to it because i believe i can trust you honestly.
From Mrs Jessika Singh