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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:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Wendy Jane" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Oct 2021 15:50:15 +0200
Greetings from this side and hope you are doing great.My name is Mrs.
Wendy Jane Williams from South Africa; I am a new Christian converts,
suffering long term cancer of the breast presently Hospitalized. I do
not have a child of my own due to my bad health. All indications from
my doctor that my condition is really worsening And it is quite
obvious that I wouldnât live more than two months,According to my
doctors and in all indications regarding medical Analysis. I have been
touched by God to donate the money I have Inherited from my late
husband to you for good work of God, I will Like you to build charity
in my late husband's name and help churches, Mosques, Orphanages,
widows and communities with a strong focus on the Poor and CANCER
/victims of COVID19./ HIV / AIDS. I will be going in For another
surgery soon. I decided to WILLED the sum of Thirty million Five
Hundred Thousand United State Dollar to you to carry out the project
as I have Stated above, you will Also Get 30% of the fund which will
be (Nine Million One Hundred And Fifty Thousand Us Dollars), as your
ompensation for helping me fulfilled this desire Of donation, Please
Let me know if you can perform this humanitarian duty on my Behalf, so
that I will provide you more details after knowing your Willingness to
handle this fund with fear of God. Kindly contact me for further
Thanks and God bless.
Mrs. Wendy Jane Williams.