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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: Katherine Louise <>
Date: Sat, 8 Aug 2009 10:45:16 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Mrs katherine louise

Dear Beloved In Christ,

I am Mrs katherine louise from Cape Verde,When my late husband was alive we deposited the sum of $5Million (USD) dollars in a Bank in Africa.

I have been diagnosed with esophageal cancer,my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next Four months due to the cancer problem. From all indications the cancer has gotten to a very dangerous stage.

Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to good person that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want to you use at least 80% this fund for orphanages, widows and and also propagating the word of God and to endeavor that the house of God is maintained
and take the remaining 20% to take good care of your good God Given Home.

Assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to receive your response immedaitely.

Thanks and Remain blessed in the Lord.l remain

yours sister in Christ,
Mrs katherine louise.

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