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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.
- 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:
- "lome togo" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- 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: Diani Jonathan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2022 13:09:19 +0000
Subject: Dearest in christ.
>From Mrs.Diani Jonathan
Dearest in christ.
My name is Mrs.Diani Jonathan Galton a nationality of France. I am
married tolate Mr.Jonathan Galton who worked with France embassy in
Lome Togo for nine years before he died in the year Octorber 2016. We
were married for twenty years with a child. He died after a the
illness that lasted for long four days. Before his death we were both
born again Christians.When my late husband was alive we deposited the
sum of $7Million(Seven Million U.S.Dollars) with one of good banks
here in Lome Togo.
Presently, this money is still with the bank. Recently my Doctor told
me that I would not last for the next three months due to my cancer
problem. Though what disturbs me most is my stroke. Having known my
condition I decided to donate this fund to church or better still a
Christian individual that will utilize this money the way I am going
to instruct here in. I want a person or church that will use this fund
to churches, orphanages, research centres and widows propagating the
word of God and to ensure that the house of God is maintained. The
Bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I
took this decision because I have a child that will inherit this money
but my son can not carryout this work only because i and my late
husband decide to use some of the money to work for God and live some
for our son to have a better live. our son is just 17yearold now and
been grow up in africa, he have low manterity and my husbandÂ´s
relatives are not Christians and I donÂ´t want my family hard earned
money to be misused by unbelievers. I donÂ´t want a situation where
this money will be used in an ungodly manner. Hence the reason for
taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where
I am going to. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the
Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord will fight my case and I
shall hold my peace. I want your telephone communication in this
regard because of my health because of the presence of my family
relatives around me always . I donÂ´t want any of my husband family
relatives to recieve this money With God all things are possible. As
soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the
Finance/bank. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will
empower you as the new beneficiary of this fund. I want you and the
church to always pray for me because the lord is my shepherd. My
happiness is that I live a life of a worthy Christian.Whoever that
wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and truth.
Please always be prayerful all through your life. Any delay in your
reply will give me room in sourcing for a church or Christian
individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act
accordingly as I stated here.l be waiting to read from you
Expecting to hearing from you on this private .
Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.