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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:
- "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. Josephine Karine Mikael" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2023 08:27:17 +0000
Subject: FROM MRS JOSEPHINE KARINE MIKAEL
My Dearest Beloved One.
Please pardon my manners of contacting you this way, I am Mrs.
Josephine Karine Mikael, from Denmark but based in Republic of Burkina
Faso Western Africa for other 14 years now, I am married to Dr. Mikael
Â Ibrahim, who died on January 16thÂ Â 2015. We were married for eleven
years without a child and we were both born again Christians, which
made since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a Child outside
my matrimonial home.
Â Why I contacted you is because I have a Very important and urgent
request to make; I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer Disease, of which
I am in the Hospital with the Palliative Care Team and the doctors
have confirmed to me that I have only few days to leave this Earth,
Now that Iâm ending the race like this, without any family members and
no child of my own, Been a business woman from Denmark dealing with
gold exportation here in Republic of Burkina Faso Western Africa. I
have decided to hand over the sum of ($10.5 Million Dollars) in my
account to you, yes for the help of Orphanage Homes/the needy and
helpless people in your location, doing that is to fulfill my last
wish on Earth. But before handing over my dataâs to you, kindly assure
me that you will take only 50% of the funds and share the rest to
orphanage homes/the needy and helpless people in your country or if
possible you can build an Orphanage Home in my name.
Please always be Prayerful all through your life and reply me on time,
because any delay in your reply will give me room in searching for
someone else, I will not want the situation whereby I will have words
on this project with more than one person, Please assure me that you
will act accordingly as I stated herein and after your reply I will
send you my proof of international passport, my sick photos and the
documents proof about the funds.
PLEASE REPLY ME WITH THE ANSWERS TO THOSE QUESTIONS CONFIRMATION BELOW .
1. FULL NAME:
2. YOUR AGE:
5. COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE:
6. TELEPHONE NUMBER:
7. YOUR MARITAL STATUS:
8. YOUR OCCUPATION:
9. SEND TO ME YOUR PICTURE:
Reply back to me urgently to enable me forward to you the Bank contact
details and the vital documents needed to proceed for the claim of
funds from the Bank, Reply me now that I have access to Internet in
the hospital to enable you contact the bank.
Sincerely thanks and God bless you.
Mrs. Josephine Karine Mikael.