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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:

Fraud email example:

From: "miss_patricia_kota1" <>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 18:23:22 -0600
Subject: MY WISH.

#32, M.K.O.Abiola Crescent,
Victoria Garden City (V.G.C).
Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

My Dearly Beloved In Christ

Calvary greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I am former Mrs. Max Joy Kota, now Mrs. Patricia Kota, a widow to Late Max Kota. I am 70 years old. I am now a new Christian convert, from long time cancer of the breast, from all indications, my condition is serious and is quite obvious that I may not live more than six months, because the cancer stage has gotten to a very severe state and my doctor has told me this. My late husband was killed during the Gulf war, and during the period of our marriage we had a son who was also killed in cold blood during the Gulf war.

My late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited all his business and wealth. As my doctor told me that I may not live for more than six months, I am so scared about this. So, I now decided to divide part of the inherited wealth, by contributing to the development of evangelism in the world. This mission, who will no doubt be tasking had made me to recently relocate to Nigeria, Africa where I live presently. I selected you after browsing the Internet for this purpose and prayed over it. I am willing to donate the sum of US$10,000,000.00 (Ten Million USD) to you for the development of evangelism and also as aids for the less privileged around you. Please note that this fund is lying with a Security Company and my family Lawyer will file an immediate application form for the transfer of the money in your name. Please, do not reply me if you have the intention of using this fund for personal use. Get back to me with the following information?s:

1. Your full Name:
2. Contact Address:
3. Your private tale/Fax phone Number:
4. Your Age:
5. Your Occupation:
6. And Position | Status:

Lastly, I will give you more details about this concernment when I receive your affirmative response. I want you and your church to keep praying for me regarding my health because I have come to find out since my spiritual birth recently that wealth acquisition without Jesus Christ in one's life is vanity upon vanity. If you have to die says the Lord, keep fit and I will give you the crown of life. May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us now and forever more.
I await your Urgent reply
through my alternative mail:

Yours in Christ.
Patricia Kota (Mrs.)

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