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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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)
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Jeanne Bob." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 04:13:34 -0800
Subject: Hello friend,
Warm greetings to you,I am touched by God to hand you over this money
considering my last wish, and you should also know that my contact to
you is by special grace of God, please understand that you are not
helping me rather you are working for God the creator of heaven and
earth. An aging widow suffering from long time illness i am currently
admitted in a privet hospital in the country, I have some funds I
inherited from my late loving husband Dr. Philip John Bob, the sum of
($9,700,000.00 USD) which he deposited in security company Here and I
need a very honest and God fearing Christian that can use this funds
for God's work. I found your email address from the internet and
decide to contact you.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 of
a worthy Christian and whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve
him in spirit and Truth. Please if you would be able to use these
funds for the Lord's work kindly reply me. Donât forget to always pray
for me because all my hope to survive is in God the creator who holds
death and life.Hopeing to receive your reply on this email for
security reasons please email@example.com
Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.
Yours in Christ
Mrs. Jeanne Bob.