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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:
- "please endeavor to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Sakura Wilcox <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2021 16:05:56 -0800
Subject: CAN I TRUST YOU ?
With warm hearts I offer my friendship, my greetings, I hope this letter
meets you in good time.
I am Mrs. Sakura Wilcox from Japan, I worked as a senior Nurse at UCLA
medical centers Los Angeles, California and I was making research with my
old college friends names to see if i can see them and i came across your
profile and my spirit pushed me to contact you after going through your
profile .I am suffering from a long time cancer of the breast and throat,
from all indication my conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite
obvious that I can't work or do any stressful thing, according to my
doctors they have advised me that I may not live for the next two months.
This is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage. I was
brought up from a motherless babies home,and was married to my Husband Late
Mr. Wilcox Alex who worked with America Embassy Ankara,Turkey for nine
years who died in a Plane crash with our son Wilcox Petra on Monday the 7th
of September 1998 GMT 14:22 UK while they were flying from New York to
Please see the site below for more information.
Since his death I decided not to remarry, I sold all my inherited
belongings and deposited all the sum of $2.7 Million (Two Million seven
hundred thousand U.S.Dollars).And the best part of it is, my bank Trustee
Bank of Turkey told me in the letter that they can have the funds released
to my approved person that was authorized by me once i issue to them the
complete Bill of Exchange procedures to ensure swift transfer of fund to my
Presently, I am using my laptop in the hospital in London, United Kingdom
where I have been undergoing treatment for my sickness. I have since lost
my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only 2 more
months to live.
It is my last wish to see at least 60% of this money is invested/donated to
any organization/business of your choice and distributed each year among
the charity organization, e.g. the poor homes, the motherless babies home
where I came from and you can use the 40% to help yourself since I do not
have more than two months to leave in this world and has no child of my own.
What I seek for is a God fearing person like you ,who will carry out my
last wishes and before I emailed you today I prayed and the holy spirit
gave me the confidence to send you this email. I made this decision, before
I rest in peace because my time will soon be up.
As soon as I receive your reply I will give you the contact information of
the paying Bank with instructions on how and whom to contact in regards to
this matter at hand.I shall give you the contact of the Trustee Bank of
Turkey. I will also issue the Trustee Bank of Turkey a complete Bill of
Exchange procedures to ensure swift transfer of funds. I want you to always
pray for me because the lord is my shepherd.
All i need from you is a confidential assurance that the funds when
received by you will be used for the said purpose, Nowadays there are so
many kind of people and most times people can change when money is involved
especially amount of this kind, it is difficult to trust but I donât know
why the Holy spirit still approved me to tell you about this out of every
Please I want you to always pray for me because the lord is my shepherd. My
happiness is that I lived the life of a worthy Christian. Any delay in your
reply will give me room in sourcing for an individual or organization for
this same purpose. Feel free to go into this with me.
Please endeavor to use it for Charity organization donations and the less
privileged. It will be surprising to you to receive this proposal from me
since you do not know me personally. However, I am sincerely seeking your
confidence in this transaction, which I propose with my free mind and as a
person of integrity from God.
Please assure me that you will accept accordingly as I stated herein. Your
response would be highly appreciated.
May God bless you as you help me to fulfill my obligations.
Waiting for your reply.
Yours in faithfully,
Mrs. Sakura Wilcox