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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dearest beloved one," (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.Maryam Abdel" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2021 06:44:06 -0700
Dearest beloved one,
I am Mrs.Mariam Abdul a 52 year old from Dubai. I was born an orphan
and GOD blessed me abundantly with riches but no children nor husband
which makes me an unhappy woman. Now I am affected with cancer of the
lung and breast with a partial stroke which has affected my speech. I
can no longer talk well and half of my body is paralyzed, I sent this
email to you with the help of my private female nurse.
My condition is really deteriorating day by day and it is really
giving me lots to think about. This has prompted my decision to
donate all I have for charity; I have made numerous donations all over
the world. After going through your profile, I decided to make my last
donation of seven Million Five Hundred Thousand United Kingdom Pounds
(UKÂ£7.500, 000, 00) to you as my investment manager. I want you to
build an Orphanage home with my name ( fMariam Abdul) in your
If you are willing and able to do this task for the sake of humanity
then send me below information for more details to receive the funds.
2. Phone number...............................
4. Country of Origin and residence
Hope to hear from you soon.