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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:
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Josan Nowak <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2021 02:11:04 -0700
Subject: Donation from Mrs. Josan Nowak
Donation from Mrs. Josan Nowak
My dear beloved one, this is Mrs Josan Nowak I am from Estonia. I am
married to Mr. Wilson Nowak, before he died in 2016. We were married
for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that
lasted for only four days.
Before his death, both were born again Christian. Since his death I
decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home
which the Bible is against. When my husband was alive he deposited the
sum of ($ 3.5 million) in the bank here in this country in a suspense
Currently, the fund is still in the bank. Recently, my doctor told me
that I have serious sickness which is a cancer problem. What disturbs
me most is my stroke sickness. Knowing my condition I decided to
donate this fund to church or those who utilize this money the way I
would recommend here. I want a church that will use this fund for
orphanages, widows, to promote the word of God and the effort that the
house of God is maintained.
The Bible is for us to understand that blessed is the hand that gives.
I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit
this money and my husband's relatives are not Christians and I do not
want my husband's efforts to be used by unbelievers. I do not want a
situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner. That's
why I'm taking this decision. I'm not afraid of death, so I know where
I'm going. I know that I'm going to be in the bosom of man. Exodus 14
vs 14 says that the lord will fight my case and I hold my peace.
I do not need telephone communication in this regard because of my
health hence the presence of my husband's relatives around me always
and I do not want them to know about this development. In God all
things are possible. As soon as I get an answer I will contact the
bank here in Abidjan. I want you and the church to always pray for me
because the lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life
worthy Christian. Whoever wants to serve the lord must serve him in
spirit and in truth. Always praying for their whole lives.
Reply me for more information, in your reply will give me room in
sourcing another church or person for the same purpose. Let me assure
you that they will act accordingly as specified. Hope to get an
Send me the following information, as per below.
Your full name ..........
Phone number ........
The occupation ........
And if i don't hear from you i will look for another person or any
organization.May Almighty God bless you and use you to accomplish my
wish. Pray for me always.
Sister Josan Nowak.