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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 17:03:22 +0200
Subject: Dear Good Friend,

Dear Good Friend,
Compliments of the season. May the grace, peace and love of God be unto y=
ou. I hope my letter will not cause you too much embarrassment by writing=
through this channel especially when we have not met personally in the p=
ast. Well it is occasioned by the urgency it demands. Your contact was ma=
de possible to me through database, And I have no doubt about your capaci=
ty and good will to assist me in receiving into your custody the sum of (=
$8.6(Eight Million, six hundred thousand U.S.Dollars) willed and deposite=
d on my name.
I got your contact from a professional database found in the Internet whi=
le searching for a reliable, trustworthy and honest person that will assi=
st me safeguard this money into an account. I was divinely inspired to pi=
ck your name among other names found in the database after series of pray=
ers/fasting for God's direction.
I am Mrs.Mary Moses and presently undergoing a medical treatment. I was h=
appily married to Dr Kevin Moses who worked with Malaysian embassy here i=
n Cote d'Ivoire for nine years before he died in the year 2004.We were ha=
ppily married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief ill=
ness that lasted for only four days.Before his untimely death, he was inv=
olved in the exportation of Cocoa and Coffee apart from working with the =
We were both born again Christians his death(May his gentle soul rest in =
perfect peace). Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child =
outside my matrimonial home, which the Bible is against. For this reason =
my husband's family decided to send me away from my husband's house and s=
eized our properties which includes Houses, Cars etc. When my late husban=
d was alive he deposited the sum of($8.6(Eight Million, six hundred thous=
and=C2=A0 U.S.Dollars) with=C2=A0 one finance/security company here in Ab=
idjan, Cote d'Ivoire, and this money is the only thing that his family di=
d not know about among my husband's siezed properties, and presently, thi=
s money is still with the Security Company.
Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next six months=
due to cancer problem. Though what disturbs me most is my partial paraly=
sis. Having known my condition I have decided to donate this fund to a ch=
urch/mosque or betterstill a Christian/Moslem individual that will utiliz=
e this money the way I am going to instruct here in.
I want somebody that will use this to fund churches, Mosques, orphanages =
etc and for the propagation of the word of God and also to ensure that th=
e house of God is maintained. The good book said, blessed is the hand tha=
t giveth and I believe and hold onto this word. You will assist in the di=
sbursment of this money as well as keeping your own share. As you can see=
from my explanations above, you will assist me as well as assist yoursel=
However, you have to assure me and also be ready to go into agreement wit=
h me that you will not disappear with the whole money. If you agree to my=
terms, kindly respond to this mail.
Waiting for your urgent response.
Thank you and God bless.(
My best regards,
Mrs.Mary moses

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