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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:
- "please endeavor to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "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 "dying widow" scam.
- 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: Roseline Douglas <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2022 12:53:05 +0100
Subject: PLEASE ENDEAVOR TO USE IT FOR THE CHILDREN OF GOD
Dearest beloved friend
PLEASE ENDEAVOR TO USE IT FOR THE CHILDREN OF GOD
As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I
believe everyone will die someday. My name is Mrs. Roseline Douglas
from Australia; I was married to late Dr. Francis Douglas, a
contractor and diamond dealer for Thirty-two years before he died on
16th of February the year 2021 of CORONA VIRUS sickness which he
contracted when he traveled on his business trip to Italy.
I am Ms. Roseline Douglas, I am 83 years old, I am suffering from a
long time cancer of the breast which also affected my brain. From all
indication my condition is really deteriorating, and my doctors have
courageously advised me that I may not live beyond the next two
months; this is because the cancer stage has reached a critical stage.
I was brought up in a motherless baby's home, and was married to my
late husband for fifty five years without a child. My husband and I are
true Christians, but quite unfortunately,he died on 16th of February the
year 2021 of CORONA VIRUS sickness which he contracted when he traveled
on his business trip to Italy.
Since his death I decided not to re-marry, When my late husband was
alive he deposited the sum of â¬14,900,000.00 Fourteen Million Nine Hundred
Thousand Euros,with a Bank in Malaysia, Asia where we spend our life together.
Presently, this money is still in their custody, and the management
just wrote me as the Legitimate beneficiary to come forward to receive
the money after keeping it for so long or rather issue a letter of
authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf since I can not
come over as a result of my illness, or they get it confiscated.
Presently, I'm with my laptop in a hospital where I have been
undergoing treatment. I have since lost my ability to talk and my
doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live.
It is my last wish to see that this money is invested in any
organization of your choice and distributed each year among the
charity organization, the poor and the motherless baby's home where I
I want your good humanitarian, to also use this money to fund
churches, orphanages and widows around. I must let you know that this
was a very hard decision, but I had to take a bold step towards this
issue because I have no further option. I hope you will help see my
last wishes come true.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the
Bank. I will also issue you a letter of authority which will prove
that you are the new beneficiary of my funds, and the documents
concerning the deposit.
Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein.
Hope to hear from you Soonest.
I am waiting your response.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Roseline Douglas