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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:
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "waiting for your urgent response" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Ms. Clara Ahmed" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 02:51:00 -0700
Subject: Please This Donation Is For The Less Privileged And Orphans in Your Country
Hello Dear, May Almighty Allah Peace Be Upon You.
I Am Ms. Clara Ahmed, Am From Saudi Arabia and my late husband was Dr.
Walid Ahmed, Please I decided to contact you due to my health
condition. I have breast cancer diagnosis Please I need your prayers.
I Am A Very Devoted And Practicing Muslim Lady And A Lady Of My Word
Am A Very Honest And Sincere Woman I Swoon An Oath With Our Holy Quran
In The Name Of Almighty Allah To Prove My Pure Heart In Contacting You
On This Transfer.
It Is Very Hard To Believe Anyone Now Due To The Nature Of The
Internet Before the death of my husband he encouraged me to help the
orphanage, My late husband worked a contract for the Burkina Faso
government worth of Four Million Six Hundred Thousand British Pounds
Sterling Only (Â£ 4,600,000.00 GBR) but death took him away from me.
Due to my health condition I have decided to donate you this amount to
you Four Million Six Hundred Thousand British Pounds Sterling Only (Â£
4,600,000.00 GBR) for you to build homes for the less privileged
orphans and the poor of your country.
After my doctor told me that I have only a few months to live because
of the stage of my sickness problem, I want you to know that 40% of
the total fund is for your personal use, while 60% is for the project.
I will send you more details as soon as I receive your reply am
waiting for your urgent response and remain blessed in the name of the
Ms. Clara Ahmed.