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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:
- "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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: " Mrs. Rosekhan" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2023 12:35:37 -0800
Subject: Hello My Friend,
Hello My Friend,
Please forgive me for stressing you with my predicaments as I know
that this letter may come to you as big surprise. Actually, I came
across your E-mail from my personal search afterward I decided to
email you directly believing that you will be honest to fulfill my
final wish before i die.
Meanwhile, I am Mrs.Rose khan , 62 years old,I am suffering from a long time
cancer and from all indication my condition is really deteriorating as
my doctors have confirmed and courageously advised me that I may not
live beyond two months from now for the reason that my tumor has
reached a critical stage which has defiled all forms of medical
As a matter of fact, registered nurse by profession while my husband
was dealing on Gold Dust and Gold Dory Bars till his sudden death the
year 2019 then I took over his business till date. In fact, at this
moment I have a deposit sum of $5.5million dollars with one of the
leading bank but unfortunately I cannot visit the bank since I am
critically sick and powerless to do anything myself but my bank
account officer advised me to assign any of my trustworthy relative,
friends or partner with authorization letter to stand as the recipient
of my money but sorrowfully I don t have any reliable relative and no
Therefore, I want you to receive the money and take 30% to take care
of yourself and family while 70% should be use basically on
humanitarian purposes mostly to orphanages home, Motherless babies
home, less privileged and disable citizens and widows around the
world. and as soon as I receive your respond I shall send you my
pictures, banking records and with full contacts of my banking
institution If you are interested in carrying out this task please
contact me for more details on this email. ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hope to hear from you soon.