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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: mrscathrinejephet <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 21:13:46 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Donation From Mrs cathrine Jephet

Donation From Mrs cathrine Jephet
Rue 6/b Trettchvillee
Abidjan Cote D'lvoire.

Dearest In Christ,

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Ghost be with you as you read this message, it is obvious, that this message will meet you with great surprise.

I am Mrs cathrine Jephet from the Republic of Seychelles. I am married to Engr. Mike Jephet who was the Chief Executive Director of an Oil and Gas producing Company here in Cote D' Ivoire for eleven years before he died on the 27th of November 2005.

We were married for eleven years with-out a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his sudden death, we were both born again Christian. Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial.

When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $5.2Million (Five Two Hundred Million U.S. Dollars) in a Security Company here in Abidjan Cote D' Ivoire, and adviced me that he used my name as the next of kin and that the security company officials does not know the real content of the
trunk box because he comorflage it as (FAMILY VALUABLES AND TREASURES), and it is still with the Security Company up till now.

Recently, my Doctor told me that i have serious sickness which is cancer problem, the one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having known my condition now, I have decided to donate this fund to a church or individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I
want a church or individual that will use this fund for the helping of the orphanages, widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavour that the house of God is maintained.

For i know that my sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in me in the kingdom of God according to the book of [Romans 8:18]. Therefore i am giving out this donation in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, for it is written that i
should give, and it will be given to me. Blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I don稚 have any child that will inherit this money and I don't want my husband痴 efforts to be in vain. I don稚 want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly

Please, let my donation be in secret between you and i, as it is written in the book of [ Matthew 6:3 - 4].That when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand to know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret;and your father who sees in secret will himself
reward you openly.

I am not afraid of death since I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord, because the Lord has been my strenght and hope

As soon as I receive your reply in acceptance of my donation, I shall give you the contact of the security company here in Abidjan Cote D' Ivoire. I want you and the church to always pray for me . My happiness is that I lived 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,and also remember me in prayers. May Almighty God make you an eternal excellency and a joy of many generations....Amen.

Hoping to receive your reply and remain blessed in the Lord.

Yours Sincerely in Christ,
Mrs cathrine Jephet

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