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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: anna obi <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 03:35:17 +0100


I am the above named person from South Africa. I am married to Dr. Kazeem JOHN, who worked with Kuwait embassy in Nigeria for nine years before he diein the year 2003. We were married for eleven years without a child.

He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Beforehis death we were both born again Christians. Since his death Idecided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home, which the Bible is against.

When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of$12 Million (Twelve Million U.S. Dollars) with a Reserve / Security company.

Presently, this money is still under the safe keeping of theReserve/Security company.

Recently, myDoctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to my cancer problems. Though what disturbs me most is my stroke. Having known my condition, Idecided to donate this fund to anorganization or better still a God fearing individual that willutilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in.

I want a fellow that will use this fund on, orphanages and widowspropagating the word of God and to ensure that the house of God is maintained. The Bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I don?t have any child that will lnherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians and I don?t want my husband?s hard earned money to be misused by unbelievers.

I don?t want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner. Hence the reasons fortaking this bold decision.

I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the blossom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace. I dont need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health because of the presence of my husband?s relatives around me always.I don?t want them to know about this development.

With God all things are possible.

As soon as I receive your reply I will forward your personalinformation to my lawyer and the security company so that they will contact you as the legal owner of this fund before transferring the fund into your nominated Bank Account in your country.

I will also issue you a letter of authority that will empower you asthe original-beneficiary of this fund.

Iwant you and your family to always pray for me because the lord is my shepherd.My happiness is that I lived worthy life as a God fearing person. Whoever that wants to serve the Lord mustserve him in spirit and truth.

Please always be prayerful all through your life.Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated here in.Once I hear from you I will give to you a lawyer that I have contacted to take care of this transaction,personal contact as to get intouch with him and know what is required of you, as to be able to do the needed.

Hoping to hear from you as soon as possible.

Remain blessed in the name of God the most High.
My Very Best Regards,Mrs. ANNA OBI
You can reply me through this ` I NEED YOUR HELP FROM MRS.ANNA OBI
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