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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: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 19:52:16 +0100 (BST)

Dearest in Christ,

I am Mrs Sandra Kone, a former Muslim and been converted to Christian alongside my Late Husband, I am 54 Years Old Woman and we have became more devoted in Christianity for quite good number of years now but I am at this moment suffering with ( Oesophageal Cancer )/breast and fibroid of the womb which has affected my health and after taking all type of medical treatment in other to find my self survives it still defiling that I will be only having some few Month to live, according to what the medical experts has observed in me.

My Husband who is now late was killed in WTC September 11th 2001 attack. My late Husband was the Chairman of the Contract Awarding Committee under Budgeting and Planning of our Country. Throughout the period of my marriage with him, all efforts to bear Children with him proved abortive because of my poor state of health and after his death, I inherited all his wealth since we has nobody as next of kin but it is now obvious that I may not survive my poor state of health. I have deemed it necessary to leave a legacy on Earth and give a positive account and justification of the life I lived on Earth before the Almighty God. This is what I want to achieve by committing this wealth in all Christian Societies or orphanages Homes / widows and the less privileged peoples around the Globe. I am meditating what may happen after death that is why I am taking this decision by giving this Money out to be use to accomplish the Almighty God's Divine Marvellous work
around the Globe because I highly believed that I will be with Him in his most perfect and the most peacefully place.

Note that this sum (US$ 2.5 Million) was secured and Deposited in one Security Company here with my name as next of kin by my Late Husband and all the related Documentation covering the Treasure Box are highly intact with me as the beneficiary of the Treasure. So on the receipt of your immediate response to me I will forward all the necessary Documents covering the Box in which the Money is packaged and sealed in as family valuables and was deposited in the Security Company. A letter of authorisation will also be given to the company as to enable them communication with you for the releasing of the Treasure Box to you as I cannot follow it up right now because of my illness condition.

Please Religion matters in this divine project henceforth I put all my trust in you but do actualize my dreams with this Money for the sake of the Almighty God because I want a life of a true devoted Christian worthy of emulation. Lastly, I honestly pray that when releasing the Box to you by the Security Company will be well judiciously used for the said purpose as the Almighty God has reviewed for humanitarian services and you should be aware that whoever that wants to serve Him must serve him in truth and in fairness .So Please always be pray for and the less privileged.

I await to hear from you and be sure that all my dreams will rest squarely on your shoulders to be accomplished.
Yours in Christ,

Mrs. Sandra Kone.

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