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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:

Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 19:47:30 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: From: Sister Lilly Ohans

From: Sister Lilly Ohans
16, Rue des Jardins Cocody les Deux-Plateaux
Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Dearest One,
I am the above named person from Ivory Coast. I am married to Mr.Richard Ohans . My husband was a serving director of the Cocoa exporting board until his death in the year 2004. We were married for eleven years without a child.
He was assassinated by the rebels. Before his death we were both born again Christians. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against.
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of Four Million two hundred thousand dollars (US$4,200,000.00) with one bank in Cote d’Ivoire. Presently, this money is still with the bank. Recently, my doctor told me that I would not last for the next one year 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 an individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein.
I want a church, organisation, an individual, any good well-to-do person that will use this fund for the help of, orphanages 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 gives. I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians and I don't want my husband's hard earned money to be misused by people.
I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner. 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 God. 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 and the presence of my husband's 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 bank in Ivory Coast.
I will also issue you a letter of authority that will empower you as the original- beneficiary of this fund. I want you to always pray for me because God is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy.   Whoever that wants to serve God must serve him in truth and spirit. Please always be prayerful all through your life. Any delay in your reply will give me room in searching for a church or Christian individual for this same purpose.
Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you received this mail.
Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.
Yours Sister.

Mrs Lilly Ohans.

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