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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: bety <>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2008 04:23:10 +0900 (JST)

Charitable Donation From Mrs Bety Koume,
Dearest In Christ,
I am Mrs Bety koume from the Republic of Seychelles. I am married to Engr.Kofi Koume 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.
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $5.2Million (Five million Two Hundred 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't have any child that will inherit this money and I don't want my husband, efforts to be in vain. I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way.
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.
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.
Yours Sincerely in Christ,
Mrs Bety Koume.

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