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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: Sister Helen Ibeku <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 07:31:03 +0000
Subject: Greetings.

Greetings.Greetings to you and your family in the name of
God,in my search for a reliable and God fearing person and having gotten your
contact through prayers and pains taking efforts via searching I made on the
internet on my bed side. Presently, I'm in a hospital where I have been
undergoing treatment for Oesophagi Cancer.Though its a sad and long story but I will cut it
short for your quick and easy understanding. I am Helen Ibeku (Mrs), widow to
Late Mr. Edward Ibeku, former Defence attachee to Greece Embassy in Cote
D'Ioire. My husband was murdered alonside our only son Elvis by those who are
envious of his position in the same office. Before his death he made a vow to use his wealth for
the down trodden,orphanages and the less privileged in the society. Having known
my condition I decided to donate this fund to an individual or better still a
God fearing person who will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct
here in. I want an individual that will use this fund and provide succor to poor
and indigent persons, orphanages, and widows and for the propagating
peace.I took this
decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this money and my
husband relatives are not inclined to helping poor persons and I do not want my
husband's hard earned money to be misused or spent in the manner in which my
late husband did not specify. I do not want a situation where this money will be
used in an ungodly manner.What is required
of you is your honesty, trust and sincerity. Any delay in your reply will give
me room in sourcing for another individual for this same purpose.May God Almighty
bless you. Reply me through this e-mail: Ibeku

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