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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 friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "united state of america" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Iris Lee." (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2023 09:44:38 -0700
Subject: Dear Beloved Friend, Kindly Read Carefully.
Hello Email Holder.
Dear Friend in the lord how are you doing today? however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honor against your will. I am Mrs Iris Lee from the United State Of America. I was married to the late Mr. Kieth Howard from the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire who worked with the United State Of America Embassy here in America for nine years before
he died in the year 2019. Before his death we were both born again Christian. Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against since I and my husband can not have a kid together, we tried to have a child, but God said No and I and my husband never care about having a child, we believe having wealth is enough for us not until we get to 60s before we realize what we are doing, When my late husband was still alive he deposited the sum of $5,500,000.00 Million in one of the Banks in United State which is one of the mean reason why am contacting a random people to see who to trust, I will share more about the fund to you after your next email of agreement to proceed with me and work with my Lawyer to achieve this goal.
Recently, my DOCTOR told me that I would not last for the next 5 months due to a cancer problem. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to an Orphanage or good organization that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in. I want a Church organization or good person that will use this fund for orphanages, widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavor that the house of God is maintained. I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband's relatives are not Christians not even good at all because they are the one that killed my husband in order to have all my late husband properties and This is why I am making this decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. 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".With God all things are possible.
As soon as I receive your message regarding your interest in this fund to help the charity home and the fewer privileges, I will give you more details about this fund and how it will be release to you, I will introduce you to my Lawyer, because my husband Lawyer is dead also, but my Lawyer will be of help to make everything easy, so no matter where you are in the world, he will do everything to make sure you receive the funds.
God bless you while I'm waiting for your answer only if you believe God is miraculous and merciful.
Your Faithful Sister.
Mrs. Iris Lee.