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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 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Peninnah Ariel Benaiah" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2021 18:22:12 +0000
Subject: Greetings Beloved
My name is Mrs. Peninnah Ariel Benaiah I am a Norway Citizen who is living
in Burkina Faso, I am married to Mr. Benaiah Jeremiah, a politician who
owns a small gold company in Burkina Faso; He died of Leprosy and
Radesyge, in the year February 2010, During his lifetime he deposited the
sum of â¬ 8.5 Million Euro) Eight million, Five hundred thousand Euros in a
bank in Brussels the capital city of Belgium in Europe The money was from
the sale of his company and death benefits payment and entitlements of my
deceased husband by his company.
I am sending you this message with heavy tears in my eyes and, and also
praying that it will reach you in good health because I am not in good
health, I sleep every night without knowing if I may be alive to see the
next day. which has become difficult for me to move around. I was married
to my late husband for more than 6 years without having a child and my
doctor confided that I have less chance to live, having to know when the
cup of death will come, I decided to contact you to claim the fund since I
don't have any relation I grew up from an orphanage home.
I have decided to donate this money for the support of helping Motherless
babies, less privileged, Widows and churches also to build the house of God
because I am dying and diagnosed with cancer for about 3 years ago. I have
decided to donate from what I have inherited from my late husband to you
for the good work of Almighty God; I will be going in for an operation
I need your urgent answer to know if you will be able to execute this
project, and I will give you more information on how the fund will be
transferred to your bank account or online banking.
*Mrs. Peninnah Ariel Benaiah*