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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: "ros003" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 11:39:47 +0100

My Dear One,

My name is Rose Kevin,a wife to late Mr.George Kevin who was an
oil merchant,my late husband and our two dauthers died in a car accident a
year ago now.I am now left alone with our only son Godson.

Right now, I have been diagnosed with lung cancer and have been in the
hospital for a very long time. It has defied all forms of medical treatment,
and right now I have about few months to live,according to the medical

My husband was wealthy and after his death I inherited all his business and
wealth.My late husband did not lived his life so well, as he never really
cared for anyone (not even himself) but his business and wealth. Though he
was rich, he was never generous, he was always hostile to people and only
focused on his business as that was the only thing he cared for. Now I
am regretting all these as I now know that there is more to life than just
wanting to have or make all the money in the world.

I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this world I will
live my life a different way from how I have lived it till date. Now that
God is calling me, I have willed and shared most of my late
husband's properties and assets to my immediate and extended family members,
including few close friends.

I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul, so I have
decided to give alms to charity organizations,as I want this to be one of
the last good deeds I do on earth before Gods call. I want this last of my
money ($8.2M) eight million two hundred thousand united states dollars which
is with a security company to be distributed to the less privileged ones and
($11.3M) eleven million three hundred thousand united state dollars for
upbringing of my only son Godson.

I will like you to dispatch this, if you are in the position, to
the charitable organizations as my promise to God.

I am sorry if you are embarrassed by my mail but if for any reason you find
this offensive,you can ignore it and please accept my apology.I honestly
pray that this money when transferred to you will sure be utilized for the
said purpose because I have come to find out that wealth acquisition
without God is vanity.

May the grace, love, and the fellowship of GOD be with you and your family.

I awaits your response as soon as you receive this message.

Yours Sister,

Rose Kevin.

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