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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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Fraud email example:

From: <>
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2007 18:12:11 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Mary Koromah

From Mrs marykoromah

Dear Beloved one,

I am the above named person from Ivory Coast in West Africa. I am
married to Mr.Mary Koromah who worked with Angola Embassy in Ivory Coast for nine
years before he died in the year 2005. We were married for twenty years with
a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four Days. Before his death we were both born musilem worhipers.When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $15.8 MILLION USD (FIFTEEN MILLION EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) with a Security Company here in Ivory
Presently, this money is still with the Company

Recently, my doctor told me that I would not last for the next five months due to cancer problem. Though what disturbs me most is my stroke. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to organization or a devoted individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct

You will make sure that you will use 30% for my son to become a good Doctor
and after gething this money,make sure you take him to your country where you will take good care of him why because he is a small boy and 15% will be yours,5% in case of any expenses and the rest will go orphanages homes.

I want you to use this money in all sincere to fund orphanages homes.Since my only son Nick is a little boy and he cannot manage this money and my husband relatives are are planing to kill him and I do not want my husbands had earned money to be misused by his relatives. I do not want a situation
where this money will be used in an unholy manner. Hence the reason for taking this bold decision and I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going.Due to the presence of my husband's relatives around me always and because of my health, i do not want much telephone calls.With God all
things are possible.As soon as I receive your positive reply I shall give you the contact of the Security Company. I will also issue you a letter of authorization.

I want you to always pray for me,My happiness is that I lived a life of a true devoted woman worthy of emulation.Whoever wants to serve God must serve him in truth and in faithfulness.Please always be prayerful all through your life. Any delay in your reply will give me room to source to look for
organisation or a devoted individual for this same purpose.Until I hear from you, my dreams will rest squarely on your shoulders.
Please Assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated here-in and please for urgent communication, try to reply me here:(

Best regards.
Mrs marykoromah

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