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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: julien kowan <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2011 19:30:31 +0000
Subject: 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 Julien Kowan(Mrs), widow to Late Mr.Iwuagwu
Kowan, former Defence attachee to Greece Embassy in Cote D'Ivoire. 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 ($3.5m) 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.

Your Sister in Christ Jesus,

Mrs Julien Kowan

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