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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Rosemarie Leo" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 17:56:49 +0000
Subject: Mrs. Rosemarie Leo.

Mrs. Rosemarie Leo.
Dearest in christ

Please I know this may come to you by supprise , because you did not know
me, I needed your assistance that was why I write you, it is my desire of
going into relationship with you..

My name is Mrs Rosemarie Leo a nationality of Kuwait. I am married to late
Mr. James Leo who worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years
before he died in the year 2001. We were married for twenty years with a
child. He died after a the illness that lasted for long four days. Before
his death we were both born again Christians. When my late husband was alive
we deposited the sum of $9Million (Nine Million U.S. Dollars) with one of
good banks here in Cote
d'Ivoire .

Presently, this money is still with the bank. Recently my Doctor told me
that I would not last for the next three months due to my cancer problem.
Though what disturbs me most is my stroke. Having known my condition I
decided to donate this fund to church or better still a Christian individual
that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in.

I want a church that will use this fund to churches, orphanages, research
centres and widows propagating 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 have a child that will
inherit this money but my son can not carryout this work only because i and
my late husband decide to use some of the money to work for God and live
some for our son to have a
better live. our son is just 17yearold now and been grow up in africa, he
have low manterity and my husband´s relatives are not Christians and I
don´t want my family 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 reason for taking this bold decision.

I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going to. I know that I am
going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord
will fight my case and I shall hold my peace. I don´t need any telephone
communication in this regard because of my health because of the presence of
my family 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 shall give you the contact of the
Finance/bank. I will also issue you a
letter of authority that will empower you as the new beneficiary of this
fund. I want you and the church to always pray for me because the lord is my
shepherd. My happiness is that I live a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever
that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and truth. Please
always be prayerful all through your life.

Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for a church or
Christian individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will
act accordingly as I stated here.

Expecting to hearing from you and reply me on my private email address

Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.

Mrs. Rosemarie Leo.

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