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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: Rosemary Ferdinand <>
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2008 08:20:14 +0000 (GMT)

From Mrs Rosemary,


I am Mrs Rosemary 69 years old, from Ivory Coast I
am married to late Mr Ferdinand Koffi of blessed
memory who worked with Ivory Coast government for
years before he died in the year 2005. We were
married for years without a child. he died during the
political crisis that lasted for only four days.
Before his death we were both married and Since his
death I too have been battling with cancer and
fibroid problems. When my late husband was alive he
deposited the sum of $ 3.5 Million United States
Dollars with a finance firm IN SPAIN.

Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for
the next two months due to Cancer problem. Though
what disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having
my condition l decided to donate this fund to either a
orphanage organization or devoted individual that
will utilize this money the way l am going to instruct
here in. I Want this organization or individual to use
this money in all sincerity to fund orphanages,
widows and also propagating the word of God and to
ensure That the society upholds the views and beliefs
of the holy book of God bible.

The holy Bible emphasized so much on God benevolence
and this has encouraged me to take this bold step. I
took this decision because l don't have any Child that
will inherit this money and my husband two brothers
died in the war in my country I don’t want my
husband’s hard earned money to be misused by people .
I don’t want a situation where this money
will be used in a bad manner. Hence the reasons for
taking this bold decision.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the
contact of the finance house I will also issue you a
of authority that will empower you as the new
beneficiary of this fund. I want you and the Christian
community where you reside to always pray for me.

My happiness is that I lived a life of a true devoted
worthy of emulation. Whoever that wants to serve the
God must serve him in truth and in fairness. Please
always be prayerful all through your life. and please
don't give any delay in your replying me soonest, With
your tel /fax number and address


Mrs Rosemary

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