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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:
- "million us 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)
- "god fearing " (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.
- 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.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs.Vera Edward" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2021 13:22:49 -0700
Subject: Donation Fund For Work Of God. GREETINGS IN JESUS NAME!!!
Donation fund for work of God.
My name is Mrs. Mrs.Vera Edward, from United States Of America, ( USA
). A widow suffering from Breast Cancer and Stroke at the same time,
which denied me child bearing for my lovely husband and as a result of
that, i may not last as my God wishes me,according to my doctor"s
diagonized report.I'm legally married to late "Pastor Franklyn
Leonard" and we were married for many years without any child to bless
this marriage before his death.
I'm 68 years old woman. I have some legal Funds, i inherited from my
late husband, the sum of(5.8 million US Dollars), which i needed a
very honest and God fearing person, who will claim the funds from the
bank and use it for the work of God"s Affairs, like; donation in the
house of God,propagating the good news of God and to endeavor God"s
worshiping place and help less-privileged.
To the glory of God, I found your profile and then decided to contact
you for the funds donation work of God and to put my husband"s soul to
rest, wherever almighty God has placed him, as he has joined his
ancestors, painfully and regrettably to my heart. Make sure Respond to
me via my (direct EMAIL: email@example.com )
I don't need any telephone communication in this regards because of my
health according to my doctor"s report and to avoid my health
disturbances. please if you would be able to use the funds judiciously
for the work of God as i stated above, Please and Kindly contact me
back so i will lead you to "Ally Bank Limited International in
Washington DC" where this fund was deposited by my late husband
"Pastor Franklyn Edward", for you to retrieve the funds in my name as
the next of kin to my family and sincerely and absolutely work with
it, judiciously and accordingly.