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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: "Rebecca Johnson" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 13:13:19 +0000

My name is Rebecca Johnson Nafu a nationality REPUBLIC OF KUWAIT . I am
married to Mr. Johnson Nafu who worked with KUWAIT embassy in Ivory Coast
for nine years before he died in the year 2005. We were married for eleven
years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only
four days.

Before his death we were both born again Christians. When my late husband
was alive we deposited the sum of $3.6Million (Three Million six hundred
thousand U.S. Dollars) The Funds are deposited with a financial firm in
Abidjan-Ivory Coast. My Doctor told me that I would not last for the next
three months due to 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 centers
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

I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this
money 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.

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 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. 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.

Remain blessed in the name of the Lord. Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Rebecca Johnson Nafu

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