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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 Sandrine James." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 01:59:34 -0700
Subject: Hi Dear This is My Offer

Hi Dear this is my offer
I am  Mrs Sandrine James from Ivory Coast ,I am 58 years old,i am suffering from a long time cancer of the breast,from all indication my
conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that ican't work or do any stressful thing,according to my doctors they have
advised me that i may not live for the next two months,this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage.
I was brought up from a motherless babies home was married to my late husband for twenty years without a child ,My Husband ( Mike James)died in a fatal motor accident.
Since his death I decided not to re-marry,I sold all my inherited belongings and deposited all the sum of USD3.5million dollars with a Bank here in Ivory Coast but later I instructed the bank to move the funds to United State where i intended investing the money in RealEstate.Presently, this money is still with the bank in USA and the bank just wrote me as the true owner to come forward to receive the
money which i have explained to them my situation then they advised irather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my
behalf since I can not come over because of my illness or they get it confisticated or return back to the USA treasury Department as
unclaimed fund  and instead of getting it confiscated i rather have someone whom i can trust to recieve the funds and utilise it according
to my wishes.
Presently, I'm in a hospital in Ivory coast where I have been undergoing treatment for my sickness . I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only a 6 months to live.
It is my last wish to see that this money is invested/donated to any individual of my choice and distributed each year among the charity
organization,E.g the poor homes,the motherless babies home where i came from,the deaf homes,and churces etc .All i seek for is a God
fearing person like you ,who will carry out my last wishes and before i emailed you today i prayed and the holy spirit gave me the
confidence to send you this email.I took 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 the bank in United State.All i need from you is a confidential assurance that the funds when recieved by you will be used for the said purpose,Nowadays there are so much scams going on in the internet and it is diffcult to trust but i dont know why the Holy spirit still approved me to email you about this out of few email addresses i have from the internet,yours was the only one that was approved for me to contact. reply to my private email:
Waiting for your reply.
God Bless you,
Mrs Sandrine James.

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