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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 friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Alima Abdulkarim <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2023 18:10:19 +0000
Hello Dear friend I don't have time again
First of all my name is (Mrs. Alima Hammed Abdul Karim) It's my pleasure to
have contact with you based on the critical condition which I find myself,
though it's not a financial problem but my health condition, you might have
know that cancer is not what to talk about at home, I am married to Late
Mr. Abdul Karim Hammed who worked with the Tunisia embassy in Burkina Faso
for nine years before he died in 2008. We were married for eleven years
without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for five days.
Since his death I decided not to remarry because of the attitude of his
adopted child that do away with some property as the only son, when my late
husband was alive he deposited the sum of US$17.5m) in one bank in Burkina
Faso, Presently this money is still in the bank. And My Doctor told me that
I don't have much time to live because of the cancer illness, Having known
my condition I decided to hand over this fund to a responsible person that
have fear of God to take care of the less-privileged people with the fund ,
please if you are trustworthy and willing to take up the cross and utilize
this money the way I am going to instruct you indicate, here I want you to
take 30 Percent of the total money for your personal use While 70% of the
money will go to charity people and helping the orphanage.
I don't want my husband's efforts to be used by the Government. I grew up
as an Orphan and I don't have anybody as my family member, I am expecting
your response, contact me through my private Email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
for more details.
Kind Regards From Mrs. Alima Abdul.