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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:
- "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.
Fraud email example:
From: "Ms. Dessy Baharudin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2022 09:32:40 -0700
Subject: My Dearest in the Lord:
My Dearest in the Lord:
Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Iâm Ms. Beatrix
Baharudin.the widow of late Dr. George Solomon, Iâm 56 years old. I am
a Christian convert, suffering from prolonged cancer of the breast,
from all medical indications my condition has really deteriorated and
itâs pretty obvious that I may not live for up to six months owning to
the rapid growth by stage and the excruciating pain that accrues to it.
I have an amount of $ 6,300,000.00 (Six Million, Three Hundred
Thousand) only lying fallow with the Royal Bank of Scotland (The Nat
West Bank) which I inherited from my late husband that i will like to
will to you for Humanitarian service, for the church of God, the poor
and the victim of cancers and other vulnerable diseases.
Kindly get back to me for more details on how the fund could be
claimed and transferred to your desired bank account.
May the grace and blessings of God be and remain with you.
I shall be awaiting your response.
Ms. Dessy Baharudin.