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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: Sarahmariah Hassana <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 15:19:51 +0100
Subject: I greet you in the name of the Lord.

Dear Good Friend. I greet you in the name of the Lord. I am Mrs.Sarahmariah Hassan from Solomon Islands. I am married to Mr.JohnW. Hassan who served as an archdeacon in the St.Micheal's archdeaconry in Ivory Coast for 9 years(nine years) before he died on the 15th August 2005. We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days.Ever before his death we were both born again Christians and have sown intomany ministries. Since his death I decided not to remarry, but feeling quitelonely if not the Lord who has been my partner and comforter. When my late husband was alive he concealed the sum of$10.5 Million in the trunk box and deposited it under the care of a security company in Cote D' lvoire as family valuable for security purpose. Presently this money is still in the custody of the security company in Cote D' lvoire. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next Eight months dueto cancer problem. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fundto a church,organization or good person that will utilize this money theway I am going to instruct herein. I want a church,organization or good person that will use this funds to helpthe orphans, widows and other people that need financial assistance.Using part of this money to provide facilities for God,s work, taking thegospel to greater height is my major reason of donating this funds out.The Bible made us to understand that"Blessed is the hand that giveth".l took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit thismoney and my husband relatives are not Christians and it had been theirwish to see my husband dead in order that they might inherit his wealthsince we have no son. These people are therefore not worthy of this inheritance. This is why I am taking this decision. Meanwhile I am not afraid of deathhenceI know where I am going. It is only a sinner who's death is painful I don'tneed any telephone communication in this regard because of my health hencethe presence of my husband's relatives around me always.I don't want them to know about this development and l know that With Godall things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the security company in Cote d' lvoire. I will also issue a letter of authorization to the that will prove you the present beneficiary of this money. I also want youto always uplift me in prayer. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever thatWants to serve the Lord must serve him in truth and faith, "serving him withall you have, knowing that naked we come and naked we must go" and any delay in your reply will giveme room in sourcing another good person, church,organization for this samepurpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein.Hoping to receive your response immedaitely.Thanks and Remain blessed in the Lord.Your Sister in Christ.Sister Sarahmariah Hassan
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