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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:
- "dear beloved," (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "million 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)
- 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. Linda D. Luis" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2022 12:54:12 +0100
Subject: From Mrs. Linda D. Luis
I write this mail to you with deep pains from my heart resulting to me
being a positive patient of the pandemic disease called Corona Virus. I
searched through the internet to find a trustworthy person whom I can lay
my trust upon to help me fulfill my heart desire and I choosed you. My name
is Mrs. Linda Daniel Luis 79 years, I am a German citizen but residing in
Freetown, Sierra Leone and I grew up from a motherless babies home. My late
husband Mr. Daniel Luis owns a multi million dollars firms here in
Freetown, Sierra Leone but before his death he handed over all his firms
investment to me to take care of them because we had no child, but all of
sudden he died of a severe heart attack.
Ever since, I have been handling his businesses worth US$45.6Million as the
Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O) but due to my positive Covid 19 severe case
which I have been displaying several symptoms, I sold my late husband
businesses sum of US$45.6Million and deposited this funds with Barclays
Bank, London. But since I was tested positive of the Corona Virus which I
have been displaying several physical symptoms of hard breathing, sour
throat, dried cough and constant sneezing, I am unable to carry out my
duties to handling my late husband firms due to I am currently in a
hospital where doctors are containing my severe ill health of the Corona
virus and I may likely die any time soon as instructed by doctors.
Beloved, I implore your humanitarian heart to see that you help me receive
this funds US$45.6Million from the Barclays Bank, London to deposit them
into your bank account to use 70% of this my US$45.6Million to fulfill my
wish of helping the motherless babies, less privileged, needy people and
the homeless, and 30% of this US$45.6Million is for your own private use. I
am sharing this 30% of my US$45.6Million to you now and 70% to madatorily
help me fulfill my wish of donating funds to the motherless babies home,
less privileged, needy people and the homeless people in your city, this is
because my doctor has told me this morning that I may not make it to
survive this corona virus infection that has severely infected me
positively to see the next few days which I will die any time soon As soon
as I hear back from you, I will direct you to my late husband's attorney to
assist you get the necessary documents in your name.
Please reply back to me in my direct email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I wait to hear from you.
Mrs. Linda D. Luis