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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.Katrina Sharma" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 12:58:39 +0530
Subject: I NEED YOUR HELP !!! ****

My Dear Beloved in the Lord,

Good day to you and your family, My Name is Mrs.Katrina Sharma ,I am married to late Dr.Rohit Sharma
who was an Oil Merchant and international businessman before he died in the year 2002 after a brief illness that
lasted for only five days. We were married for twenty one years with a daughter (Katrina )who later died in an
Automobile accident.Before the Untimely death of my husband we were both born again Christians which was
why my family and my husband family decided to not have anything to do with me and my husband becuse
they felt we had braught shame to their typical Hindu family by becoming a christian and this has lasted for almost
28 years.I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my Matrimonial home after my husband's death because
the Bible has told us not to.

When my late husband was Alive he deposited the sum of ($18,000,000.00 USD) Eighteen Million United States Dollars
with a Bank in England whosename is witheld Until we open up communication,this money is with the Bank till date.

Following my ill health, my Doctor told me that i may not last for the next Couple Of Months due to My cancer problem.
the one that disturbs memost is my inability to move Around and Having known my condition Idecided to donate this fund
to a Charitable organization or a Trusted Person that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein,
according to the desire of my late husband Before his death. I don't want a situation where this money will be used in
an ungodly Way.This is why I am taking this decision. I am not afraid of death Hence I know where I am going. I know that
I am going to be in the Bossom of the Lord. 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 hence the presence of my husband's relatives
around me always.I don't want them to know about this development and i want you to know that With God all things are possible.

As soon as I receive your reply, I shall give you the contact of the Bank where you shall reach them and i will also issue
you a Letter Of Authorization from the High Court Of Justice here in India that will prove you to be a beneficiary of this
fund while I want you and your organization to always pray for me because the lord is my shephard,My happiness is that I
lived a life of a worthy Christian.Whoever that Wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth.Please always
be prayerful all through your life. Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another individual for this same
purpose.Please assure me you will act accordingly as I Stated herein while i am Hoping to receive your urgent reply.
Please contact this email : ( )

Have a Blessed Day.

Your Beloved Sister
Mrs.Katrina Sharma

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