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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: "" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 15:35:10 -0300

Beloved in Christ,
I'm Mrs. Lizzy Sahan, from Kuwait. Am married to the late Sir Duke Sahan, who worked with Kuwait Embassy in Cote d'Ivoire for twenty-six years before his death in 2002, after a brief illness that lasted only five days. We were married 25 years ago with a daughter (Linda) who later died in a traffic accident. Before the untimely death of my husband, we were both born-again Christians. Since there after his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against.
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of (U.S. $ 3.5 million) (three Million five hundred thousand United States dollars) with a bank here in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire. Presently, this money is still with the Bank. Recently, after my illness, my doctor told me I can not last for the next six months due to my cancer problem. The one that disturbs me most is stroke sickness. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a Christian and God-fearing man that will utilize this money the way it will pleased the almighty God, according to the wish of my late husband before his death. He told me he want this fund to be used in Christian activities, like Orphanages, Christian schools and churches to spread the word of God and also for the house of God to be maintained.
The Bible made us understand that "Blessed is the hand that Grivet. I make
this decision because I have no child that will inherit this money and
my husband's relatives are not Christians and I do not want my husband efforts
to be used by unbelievers. I do not want a situation where this money will
used in an ungodly way. This is the reason I am making this decision. I have
no fear of death hence I know where I am going. I know I will be in the
bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that "the lord will fight my case and
I sh all hold my peace.
I will also give you the documents that will prove you the current beneficiary of this money.
 I want you to always pray for me because the lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian.
Whoever wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and truth.
Please always be prayerful all through, any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another man of God for this same purpose. Contact me with my private email
Remain blessed in the Lord.
Your sister in Christ,
Mrs. Lizzy Sahan.

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