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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:
- ",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)
- "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)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned 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 Evelyn Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2021 21:42:39 +0200
Greetings to you from Mrs. Evelyn Williams,
Dearest in the Lord,
Hello Dear, Please do not view my plea as a contrived plot. With due
Respect and Humanity, I write to donate and hand over this fund of
$10.000.000M deposited here in a security firm in Cote d'Ivoire by my
late husband to you. I was orphaned as a child and got married to a
late Engineer. Ramsey Williams for twenty years without having an
offspring. My late husband had chronic cardiovascular conditions and
died of cardiac arrest a few years ago. Ramsey and I lived in Cote
d'Ivoire for over 18 years, where my husband a petrochemical engineer
by profession worked and rose through the ranks and became an
executive director in a multinational oil servicing and exploration
conglomerate, before his untimely death. He also established huge
private investments that I supervised before his death and which forms
the major source of our fortune.
Consequent upon the shocking demise of my priceless husband, I opted
as a rule, not to re-marry. When medical reports revealed that my
cancer ailment have become terminal & more so because I do not have a
direct next of kin to bequeath all that Ramsey & I laboured for, I
sold off all our choice assets, landed properties and other valuable
family treasures and deposited the proceeds amount of
USD$10,000,000.00 (TEN MILIION DOLLARS ONLY) deposited in a classified
security firm here in Cote d'Ivoire.
I am on admission at the intensive care unit of a Cote d'Ivoire
hospital, located at Chu De Cocody Hospital ( Emergency department)
Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire. It is the leading cancer treatment hospital
here in the country. I am currently undergoing treatment there for
late-stage terminal cancer of the lungs and presently my doctor said
that I may not be alive for the next couple of months due to my
condition is deteriorating unless there is a God's divine
intervention. Therefore it is I and my late husband last wish that
part of this fund must be invested substantially in any charitable
organization of your choice and administered as you may deem fit,
especially to the orphanage homes. You are at liberty to also donate
part of the funds to churches and mosques.
Let me remind you that the fund has an open beneficiary mandate and as
such, it is whom I personally authorize or appoint to act on my behalf
that the security firm will ultimately recognize and release the funds
to and by this memo, the onus has fallen on you to assume this
selfless and noble responsibility that will catalyse change by
exploring and promoting the development of new interventions that will
benefit the poorest of the poor when you must have received the fund
in your possession.
Note that as soon as I receive your reply and personal information as
listed below, I shall avail you with the official contact information
of the security firm officials, to enable you contact them immediately
without any delay. I will also issue you documents, so that the
security firm will now recognize your status as the new beneficiary of
the fund and WILL & TESTAMENT.
Please assure me that you will not treat this offer with levity but
will consciously yield my bequest continued existence.
Kindly send the information in this order:
(1) Your full names: ===================================
(2) Personal or official contact address: ===============================
(3) Home or Office phone#: ============Cell phone#: ==========Fax#: =======
(4) Your Age: ===============================
(5) Occupation: ==============================
(6) Sex/Marital status: =======================
I await for your immediate kind response.
May God bless your golden heart and soul.
Mrs. Evelyn Williams