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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Renate Magdalena <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2022 05:43:30 -0400
Peace, Blessings be upon you,
With all due respect, sorry to approach you through this private
message. It is the fastest way to get your attention, I came across
your E-mail from my personal search and I decided to contact you
believing you will be honest to fulfill my final wish before I die.
I am Mrs Renate Settnik, 67 years old widow from Germany, but living
in Burkina Faso, I am a childless widow, suffering from a pro-long
critical cancer and Paralysis, my doctors confirmed I may not live
beyond two months from now as my health has defiled all forms of
medical treatment what worries me is that I am down with FULL-BODY
PARALYSIS. I cannot walk, nor stand. I have been bedridden for Three
My late husband and I are devoted Christian and have the fear of God.
I've been a philanthropist and a care-giver with the funds and
properties I inherited from my late husband who was a Crude Oil dealer
both in Germany and here in Burkina Faso before he was killed during
the Burkina Faso Political unrest that happened in August 2016.
I have given donations to over 10 Charity Organizations and
Foundations in different countries such as Africa, Asia, South
America, etc with the help of my Catholic church Priest ( Rev. Fr.
Philip Michael) where I worship and my lawyer, from my search I found
your email and with prayers and revelations I see you trust worthy to
entrust the remaining balance of â¬25, 000,000.00.Euro) Twenty Five
Million Euros) deposited in a bank in abroad for a charity
establishment under my name.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the
Catholic Priest or my Lawyer where you will send him your bank details
and other requirements he may need from you, I want you and the church
to always pray for me please take note, THIS IS A NONE RELIGION
PROJECT IT DOES NOT MATTER IF YOU ARE A MUSLIM OR A CHRISTIAN.
Get back to me if you are interested and ready to handle this
transaction for charity work: ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Thanks and Best regards,
Mrs. Renate Magdalena Settnik