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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 Angela Ewerem <>
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 13:18:54 +0100 (BST)
Subject: From Mrs Angela Ewerem.

>From Mrs Angela Ewerem.

Greeting's In the Name of our lord jesus christ. I am Mrs Angela Ewerem from Somalia. A Widow to Mr Stephen Abbas Ewerem. I am 56 years old. I am new christian. Suffering from long time cancer of the breast. From all indication my condition is really deteriorating and it is Quite obvious that i won't live long. According to my doctors. This is beacuse the cancer stage has Gotten to a very worst stage.

My late Husband and My only child died last five years. His death was a politicaly motivated. My late Husband was a very rich and Wealthy Business man who was runing his Gold and Diamond Business in Somalia and after his death. I Inherited all his Business and Wealth. My doctors has advised me that I may not live long. So I now decided to divide the part of his wealth to contribute to the Development of churches in Africa, America, Asian, And Europe.

I collected your email address during my desprate search on internet and I prayed over it.I now decided to donate the sumof$6.5000.00USD (Six Million Five Hundred Thousand United Stae Of America Dollers) To the less priviledged because I cannot take this money to the grave. Please I want you to to note that this fund is in Finance Company in Ivory Coast In west africa which is the country where i am currently receiving Treatment. I want you to take custody of the funds and use it to build and operate orphanage house in your country or you can look for someone to operate it, if you are unable to operate it. You will name the orphanage house 'Mrs Angela Ewerem Orphanage house'. You must follow my wish for it will gladen my heart. If you are ready to do this and carry out my wish, Once I hear from you i will forward to you all the Information's you which you will use to get this fund released from the finance company and to be transferred to you. Honestry,
I pray that this money when transferred to you. It will be sure for the said purpose, Because i have come to find out that wealth acquittion without christ is vanity. Please send this bellow information's to me

[1]Your Names,
[2]Your Phone And Fax Numbers,
[3]Your Residental Address,

I await your reply.
May the Grace of our Lord Jesus the Love of God ad the
Fellowship of God be with you and your family Amen...

Your Beloved Sister In Christ.
Mrs Angela Ewerem

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