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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: christiana ado <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 06:29:04 +0000

Hello Dear, I am mrs Christiana Ado.I am married to Ambassador.Samuel Ado who worked with United Nation Organisation(UN) for many years before he died. We were married for eighteen years with a child.My Husband died after a brief illness that lasted for only two days. Since my husband death, I decided not to re- marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home.When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $12,500,000,00(twelve million,five hundred thousand U.S.Dollars)in a security company in Abidjan,Republic of Ivory coast in West Africa. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three weeks due to cancer sickness. Having known my condition I have decided to look for a God fearing individual that will utilize this money to the glory of God and also assure me to take care of my only child for better future.I took this decision because my only child is still young and cannot manage this fund very well and my husband relatives are not happy with my husband's wealth when he was alife and through my prayers and the directions of God,I have discovered out that their hands are in my husband's death and I don't want my husband's hard earned money to be misused by evil people. I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner,hence the reason for taking this bold decision. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Security company in Abidjan where my husband deposited the consignment.Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for another person for this same purpose because i do not know when i will die. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein and you will take care of my only child. Hoping to hear from you soon. Warm Regards, Mrs.Christiana Ado.
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