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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: matts mery <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 03:22:46 +0100
Subject: I need some one who is sincere

Beloved In Christ,

Greetings in name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am Mrs Matter Rose Mery Ticco,69 years old widow & a new Christian convert,suffering from long time cancer of the blood (Leukaemia According to my doctor my condition is critical and I might not survive.

Although as a christian,I beleive God and I know that I will not die,but will live to declare the glory of God. My late husband (Dr.Martins Hugo Ticco )and my only son were killed during the BOUAKE Crisis some years back(take a look)
Our Lord Jesus Christ is my only comforter.

I have the sum of Nine million,One hundred thousand US Dollars($9.1m) The fund is presently deposited with a financial company for security reasons and all the documents concerning the fund are in the custody of my lawyer.

I inherited the money from my late husband who was an industralist and international businessman. I have prayed concerning this donation for God's guidance and if in your heart you geniunely and faithfully desire-to use this fund for the propagation of God's work in any form whether for Charity, ministry,evangelical work or otherwise in relation to God'swork,do get in -touch with me for further arrangements with my lawyer on how you will receive my Charity donation.

God bless you once again and as you receive,give and give God all the Glory.
Remain blessed in the Lord
Yours in Christ, Mrs.Matter Rosr Mery Ticco
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