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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:
- "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 "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Mrs Rose Shumejda <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2023 07:43:59 -0800
Subject: Dear Beloved,
Please accept my sincere apologies if my email does not meet your business
or personal ethics. I am Mrs. Rose Shumejda, I am 59 years old, a widow to
late Mr. John Shumejda who was the President of agricultural equipment
giant AGCO Corp, who perished on the 4th of January 2002 in a plane crash
Please View the Website below:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/1742404.stm After going through
some files of my late husband, I discovered a Deposit Certificate of
($18Million) (Eighteen Million Dollars) with a Bank in Asia. But due to my
sickness, I have not been able to claim this fund from the Bank, as I have
been in the hospital in the U.S.A. and my sickness continues getting worse.
I am suffering from a protracted cancer of the lungs which has affected my
brain. From all indications, my condition is really deteriorating and my
doctors have courageously advised me that I may not live beyond the next
eight months. This is because the cancer stage has reached a critical stage.
I am contacting you based on trust to present you to the bank as the Next
of Kin and benefice inheritor to my Late Husband's fund. Since I cannot
claim this fund myself now and I may not live beyond the next eight months
according to my Doctors, but I have faith in God that I will live more than
the months my Doctors said by God's grace. Presently, I'm with my notebook
in the hospital where I have been undergoing treatment in the U.S.A.
Please!! Your help is needed to avoid this money being diverted to the
Government as an unclaimed fund/dormant account. Imagine somebody who has
no child, I have nobody taking care of me here in the Hospital and the time
I have now is limited. That $18 Million is my only hope to continue my
treatment here in the Hospital, and hopefully by Godâs grace I will
survive. If you will be so kind as to be of help, I will be very glad and
only God will reward you for that. Upon the successful claim/transfer of
the fund in your account as the next of Kin, 40% of the total fund will be
taken as your own share, 40% goes to the Orphanage homes, while the
remaining 20% will be transferred to my account here in the U.S.A. for my
Please , in your response, send me the following information to enable me
validate you as the legal beneficiary of this funds :
(1). Full names:
(2). Contact address:
Thanks and God bless.
Mrs. Rose Shumejda