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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:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (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)
- "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 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. KIMBERLY JONES" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2022 14:41:17 +0200
Subject: My Beloved Friend In The Lord
My Beloved Friend In The Lord.
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am Mrs. Kimberly
Jones from Bahrain, a widow to the late Dr. Andrew Jones. l am 51
years old and a coveted born again Christian, suffering from long time
prostate cancer , from all indication my condition is really
deteriorating and it is quite obvious that I might not live more than
two (3) months, according to my doctor because the cancer has gotten
to a very worst/ dangerous stage.
My late husband and my only child died five years ago, his death was
politically motivated. My late husband was a very rich and wealthy
businessman who was running his Gold/Diamond Business here in South
Africa. After his death, I inherited all his business and wealth. My
doctors have advised me that I may not live for more than two (3)
months, so I now decided to divide part of this wealth, to contribute
to the development of the church in Africa, America, Asia, and Europe.
I collected your email address during my desperate search on the
internet and I prayed over it, the spirit of our lord Jesus Christ
directed me to you.
I decided to donate the sum of $5,600,000.00 USD (Five Million Six
hundred thousand United States dollars) to the less privileged because
I cannot take this money to the grave. Please I want you to note that
this fund is lodged in a bank here in South Africa.
Once I hear from you, I will forward to you all the information you
will use to get this fund released from the bank and to be transferred
to your bank account. I honestly pray that this money when transferred
to you will be used for the said purpose because l has come to find
out that wealth acquisition without Christ is vanity. May the grace of
our lord Jesus the love of God and the fellowship of God be with you
and your family.
Reply me on my private email address (email@example.com)
Thanks and God bless you.
Your beloved sister in Christ.
Mrs. Kimberly Jones.