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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:
- "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 "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Ruth Roberto" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2021 00:34:22 -0800
Subject: God is with me
Dear in the lord how are you doing today?
however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour
against your will. I am Mrs Ruth Roberto from Republic of France.
I married to Mr.Roberto Thomas from Republic of Cote d'Ivoire who
worked with France Embassy here in Cote dâIvoire for nine years before
he died in the year 2017.
Before his death we were both 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 late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $2.900,000.00
Million in a bank .
Recently, my DOCTOR told me that I would not last for the next Eight
months due to cancer problem. Having known my condition I decided to
donate this fund to a Orphanage or good organization that will utilize
this money the way I am going to instruct here in.
I want a Church organization or good person that will use this fund
for orphanages, widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavor
that the house of God is maintained.
l took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit
this money and my husband relatives are not Christians not even good
at all because they are the one that killed my husband in other to
have all my late husband properties and I don't want my husband's
efforts to be used by unbelievers. I don't want a situation where this
money will be used in an ungodly way.
This is why I am taking this decision. I am not afraid of death hence
I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of
the Lord.Exodus 14 VS 14 says that "the lord will fight my case and I
shall hold my peace".
With God all things are possible.
As soon as I receive your message regarding your interest in this fund
to help the charity home and the fewer privileges, I will give you
more details about this fund.
God bless you while I'm waiting for your answer.
Mrs. Ruth Roberto