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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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. Esther Deb. Parr." (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2023 17:17:18 +0200
Subject: This Will Benefit You199
I Chose You My Dear,
This is crucially urgent and that is my reason of writing to you please dear; in this regard I urgently expect your response, but Firstly, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction; this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and urgent. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make anyone apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well at the end. It may surprise you receiving this letter from me, since there has not been any previous correspondence between us. Rather, I choose to contact you after co
I am Mrs. Esther Deborah. Parrboat, I was born in the state of Ohio USA, and I am legally married to Mr. Hilary Hendricks Parrboat, a South Africa citizen born and raised in Switzerland, we lived in Switzerland for 25 years before we returned to South Africa in 1996 after my husbands retirement. I am 73 years old by the grace of God, and I respect humanity and nature, actually it is the reason I am writing to you because I know you can be trusted, as I noticed it from your prof
ile before I decided to contact y
Actually, the reason I tried severally to reach you is because,I am willing toDONATEand change myWILLto your names to benefit this sum ofUSD$20.5, Twenty Million, Five Hundred Thousand dollars for the help of theless privilegedandhomelessandold agepeople as well as theneedyin your country and other countries of your choice, of which you will be responsible in taking care of the disbursement and sharing of this money to organizations that I will appoin
t in due course. Meanwhile, you w
This money was deposited by my late husband before for this purpose before he passed-on, on the 16th April 2012, so I guarantee the success of this transaction in all legal definitions. I have contacted the bank for the claim of the fund and the Bank has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin/beneficiary. And thats why my reason of seeking your consent to present you to the Bank as the Next of Kin/beneficiary of this fund, so that the fund will be released to you as his next of kin. All the legal documents to back up your claim as the next o
f Kin will be provided.
Please I want you to note that this fund is still in the bank where my late husband and I deposited it. I am going to advice my banker to change my last WILL to your name and file in an application for the transfer of the money in your names and to your account, once I have received your quick reply.
The intended transaction and the project accompanying it will be processed under legitimacy by a lawyer, which will protect me and you from any violation of financial law, either here in South Africa or in your home country, so do not fear or worry.
Please send your response indicating readiness to proceed with this transaction and I would give you more details and instructions on how to contact the banker immediately as I await your reply as urgently as possible.
God bless you and your family at large.
Phone / Whatsapp (+27-79-440-5094)
Yours Sincerely Friend and Partner,
Mrs. Esther. D. Parr.