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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:
- "million 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)
- "barr." (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Chioma Grace Allen"<email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2022 04:22:33 -0800
Subject: I'M A CANCER WOMAN HELP ME
My Beloved Good day,
May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be unto you. I am Mrs. Chioma Grace Allen from Nigeria but lives in London. a widow to late Dr. A. Allen. I am 58 years old and a converted born again Christian, suffering from long term cancer of the breast, from all indication my condition is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that I might not live more than two (2)months, according to my personal doctor because the cancer has gotten
to a dangerous stage.
My late husband and my only child died last five years ago, his death was politically motivated. My late husband was a very rich and wealthy business man who was running his Gold/Diamond Business in Ghana. After his death, I inherited all his business and wealth, so I now decided to divide the part of this wealth, to contribute to the development of the charitable organization in Africa, America, Asia, and Europe. I collected your email address during my desperate search on the internet and I prayed over it and the spirit of our Lord Jesus directed me to you as an honest person who can assist me to fulfill my wish here on earth.
I decided to donate the sum of US$30 million (Thirty Million United States Dollars) to the poor, less privilege, orphanage home and motherless because I cannot take this money to the grave. Please I want you to note that this fund is safe & secured in a bank. Note that after the successful completion of this transaction,you and the Orphanage Homes will have a fair share of the fund in the ratio of 50:50.If you AGREE with my conditions, l advise you on what to do immediately and the transfer will commence without delay as I will proceed to fix your name on the Payment schedule instantly.
I want you to fill and forward the below to me. Meanwhile you can contact my Lawyer Barr. Bello Ahmed Ali on his cell phone +238143096683.
1. Your Full Name:..
2. Current Address:.
3. Direct Phone:....
I hope you don't reject this offer and have this funds transferred. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the holy spirit be with you and your family.
Waiting for your reply.
MRS. CHIOMA GRACE ALLEN.