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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: Mrs Cece Iwanski <>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2008 17:09:43 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Greetings in the name of God.

I have a new email address!You can now email me at:

- Greetings in the name of God,Pls let this not sound strange to you for my onlysurviving lawyer who would have done this died early this year.i prayed and gotyou email id from your country's guest book which i have been with my latehusband and like to visit once more if God will in his infinite mercies.I am Mrs.Cece Iwanski from Netherlands,I am 58 years old,i am deaf andsuffering from a long time cancer of the breast which also affected mybrain,from all indication my conditions is really deteriorating and it is quiteobvious that, according to my doctors they have advised me that i may not livefor the next two months,this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a verybad stage.I was brought up from a motherless babies home was married to my late husbandfor twenty years without a child ,died in a fatal motor accident Before hisdeath.Since his death I decided not to re-marry,I sold all my inherited belongingsand deposited all the sum of $15.5million dollars with a Security Company.Presently, this money is still with them and the management just wrote me asthe true owner to come forward to receive the money for keeping it so long orrather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalfsince I can not come over because of my illness or they get it confisticated.Presently, I'm withmy laptop in a hospital where I have been undergoingtreatment for cancer of the lungs. I have since lost my ability to talk and mydoctors have told me that I have only a few months to live.It is my last wish to see that this money is invested to any organization ofyour choice and distributed each year among the charity organization,the poorand the motherless babies home where i come from.I want you God fearing, to also use this money to fund orphanages and widows,Itook this decision, before i rest in peace because my time will soon be up.As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of my Security.I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as the new beneficiary of my fund. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as Istated herein. Waiting for your reply. please you should reply your positive respnse through this mail address above ceiwanski@gmail.comRegard,Mrs.Cece Iwanski

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