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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 united states 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)
- ",000,000" (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)
- 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: susan darrow <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2023 15:44:52 +0100
Subject: MUTUAL BENEFIT
Dear Beloved as a formal introduction I'm Mrs. Susan Darrow a British
citizens, I'm in the hospital undergoing a serious treatment for
esophageal cancer. I was recently transferred from United Kingdom to
James OSU cancer center in Columbus Ohio United States of America. I
have since lost my ability to talk and my Doctors have told me that I
have only a few months to live, due to my serious illness and bad news
given to me by my doctors, I therefore seize this opportunity to
notify you that I Mrs. Susan Darrow had decided to make you a
beneficiary to my ''WILL'' which based on my personal visit & search
in the export promotion council from the internet where your details
was well convinced to me of you been a reliable and trust worthy
fellow, I want you to assure me that you will not betray neither
disappoint my trust on you at the end of the transaction.
Beloved me and my late husband left the sum of twenty three Million
United States dollars( $23,000,000.00 )in two trunks metal boxes with
a security company. I know this might sound unbelievable to you, but i
tell you it's real and true.
I have decided to do this based on my short notice and limited time
stated by my doctors, i decided in my mind that i should give this
resources to you , where my desire is that you help take good care of
the needy ones in your country or around your region, such as
motherless babies homes, widows, hurricane victims and churches...Note
also that before my illness i have been carrying out this assignment
similar to this project just after the death of my husband.
As soon as i know your readiness to work and help me on this issues, I
shall refer you to my attorney for both of you to sworn into action in
further. You are humbly advised to contact me through my email
address as Susandarrow098@gmail.com
Mrs Susan Darrow