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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Grace Manda" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2021 21:45:23 +0100
Subject: Good Morning
Thanks very much and really, I understand that the few bad people in
this world have spoil image of the good ones. Well,
I got your contact from chamber of commerce here in South Africa when
am searching for Christian organizations and I know you are a
Christian I have know fair but faith and The Bible made us to
understand that blessed is the hand that grieve,
When my late husband was alive we deposited the sum of
SUD$30.5M(Thirty Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S.Dollars) with
This fund emanated as a result of an over-invoiced contract which he
executed with the South Africa gold panning association. Though I
assisted him in getting this contract but I never knew that it was
over-invoiced by him. I am afraid that the government of South Africa
might start to investigate on contracts awarded fro South Africa gold
panning association. This money is still with the bank..
Recently my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three
months due to my cancer problem, though what disturbs me most is my
stroke. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to
church or better still a Christian individual that will utilize this
money the way I am going to instruct here in. I want a person or
church that will use this fund to churches,
orphanages, research centers and widows propagating the word of God
and to ensure that the house of God is maintained and also i want you
to take good care of my son if am know more in this life, am say this
now because of my peasant health condition,
Attached below are the copy of proof of the fund and copy of my
passport, please I will like you to send me your own to know exactly
who I'm doing with, You can view the profile of South Africa gold
panning association at (website by clicking
I read your mail and Really, the bible said in HEBREWS -11-6 but
without faith it is impossible to please him (GOD) for he that cometh
to GOD must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarded of them that
diligently seek him.
Please send me your full name, let me use it to obtain Authorization
letter as the beneficiary of the fund and send it to you for transfer
to commerce immediately, and send me your privet cell phone number and
passport I.D or your driving license. am waiting to hear from you.
NB: Please send me your full name to secure a letter of authority that
will empower you as the new beneficiary of this fund.
Your sister in the Lord.
Mrs. Grace Manda