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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:
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Mrs Nadia Thompson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2021 13:43:13 +0100
Greetings My dear,
I got your contact from the investment forum I bring peace and love to
you. It is by the grace of God, 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 gods mercy and glory upon my life. My dear, I
sent this mail praying it will found you in a good condition of
health, since I myself are in a very critical health condition in
which I sleep every night without knowing if I may be alive to see the
next day. I am Mrs. Nadia Thompson, A widow suffering from long time
illness. I have some funds I inherited from my late husband, My Doctor
told me recently that I have serious sickness which is cancer problem.
What disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having known my
condition, I decided to donate this fund to a good person that will
utilize it the way i am going to instruct herein. I need a very honest
and God fearing person who can claim this money and use it for Charity
works, for orphanages and gives justice and help to the poor, needy
and widows says The Lord." Jeremiah 22:15-16.â and also build schools
for less privilege that will be named after my late husband if
possible and to promote the word of God and the effort that the house
of god is maintained.
I do not want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly
manner. That's why I'm taking this decision. I'm not afraid of death,
so I know where I'm going. I accept this decision because I do not
have any child who will inherit this money after I die. Please I want
your sincerely and urgent answer to know if you will be able to
execute this project, and I will give you more information on how the
fund will be transferred to your bank account. May the grace, peace,
love and the truth in the Word of God be with you and all those that
you love and care for. In the name of Yeshua Ha Mashiach, (Jesus the
I am waiting for your reply.
May God Bless you,
Mrs. Nadia Thompson