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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Stephanie Eliana <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2021 21:59:52 +0000
Subject: my charity work to donate
Hello chosen one, I am Mrs. Stephanie Eliana peter, A citizen of
Estonia. I am sorry for barging into your privacy through this method
which is the only way I can reach you before exchanging further
contact. Anyway, Do not worry as I have an important issue that comes
to my mind and of my wish which i want to discuss with you, is about
humanity and charity work. Do you have experience with charity work.
can you handle a charity project. For example providing practical help
for homeless people, voluntary giving of help, care of the poor must
not be left to private. showing love to one another especially the
poor, sick and needs. Would you be sincere and faithful if you are
chosen to work for God and humanity, Can you handle charitring work of
God and humanity for mankind? My spirit tells me to ask Â you this
If your answer is YES and sincerely, I am willing to donate the sum of
$3.900.000 (Three Million Nine Hundred Thousands United States
dollars) to these humanitarian and charity projects which is my last
wish as I do not have a long time to live on this earth due to my
severe diagnosis. I decided to choose your email address while
searching at random. Kindly get back to me at your earliest
convenience, So that I can know about you. I am waiting for your
earliest reply to give you more details and to get to know each other
better for the betterment of this divine project. Have a pleasant day
and God bless.
My regards in the love of God,