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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Renate Magdalena Settnik" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2021 03:30:28 -0700
Subject: Your Urgent Response Is Highly Anticipated
I bring peace and love to you from God and our Lord Jesus Christ. It
is by the grace of God that I received Christ, having known the truth,
I had no choice than to do what is lawful and right in the sight of
God for eternal life and in the sight of man for witness of Godâs
mercy and glory upon my life.
Mrs. Renate Settnik is my name a German Citizen, but i and my husband
reside here in Burkina Faso, A 67 years old widow with no single child
of my own, I and my husband are devoted Christian and have the fear of
God, He thought me how to be a care-giver and a philanthropist before
died, He was a Crude Oil dealer a Gold machandize before he was killed
during the Burkina Faso Political unrest that happened 5 years ago in
Due to his death, that resulted in too much stress and tension,
thereby causing me to contract Paralysis. What worries me is that I am
down with FULL-BODY PARALYSIS. I cannot walk, nor stand. I have been
bedridden for Three years now. Since I know that I have very limited
time to stay on earth before I die according to my Doctors, I have
been helping and contributing some amounts of money to Orphanage Homes
and to Charity Organizations, as well as Foundations.
From the money i inherited from my late husband and with the help of
the Bishop of the Catholic church where i worship, I have given
donations to over 10 Charity Organizations and Foundations, in
Africa,Asia, South America, etc. at this moment I have the balance
deposit sum of ten million Euros. 10, 000,000.00.Euro, in one of the
prime bank here in Burkina Faso which i want to entrust in you for
charity project in your country.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the
Catholic Bishop where you will send him your bank details and other
requirements he may need from you, I want you and the church to always
pray for me.
Mrs. Renate Magdalena Settnik.