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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:
- "may come to you as a surprise" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- ",000,000" (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 "dying widow" scam.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Mrs Susan Wilson <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 22:06:07 +0100
Subject: Always pray for my health,,,,,!!!!......
Greetings, I know this message may come to you as a surprise.my name
is Mrs Susan Wilson from United States, I'm a widow suffering from
Breast Cancer and Stroke, which denied me a child as a result i may
not last till the next two months according to my doctor report. I'm
married to late Pastor James Wilson ,who was killed during the U.S
raid, against terrorism in Afghanistan when he traveled to Afghanistan
for evangelism, we were married for many years without any issue of
child before his death. I'm a 68 years old woman. I have some funds i
inherited from my late husband the sum of (US$10,000,000) which i
needed a very honest and God fearing person who will claim the funds
from the bank and use the funds for work of God Affair: like donation
in the house of God, propagating the good news of God and to endeavor
God worshiping place and help less-privileged. I found your profile as
i was reading Rhapsody of Realities prayer book. i felt you must be
Honest to Almighty God.the spirit of God ask me to contact you for the
donation work of God Affair.
According to my doctor report i don't need any telephone communication
in this regards because of my health, I am not afraid of death because
I know one day I will be in bosom of the Lord. my family are
unbelievers and I do not want to hand over the donation to unbelievers
so please if you would be able to use the funds for the work of God
Affair as i stated contact me back so i will lead you to Alpha Bank
where this funds was deposited by my late husband Pastor James Wilson
for you to retrieve the funds in your name as the next of kin for work
of God Affair thanks. Kindly contact me so I can lead you to the bank
where I and my late husband deposited the funds. Please never you
contact me if your're not Honest and God fearing to use this donation
for work of God,Please contact me through my private email
I will stop here until i hear from you.
Always pray for my health.
May God bless you In Jesus name Amen!!!
Mrs Susan Wilson .