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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 Adele Kawanne <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2012 22:17:54 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: I NEED TRUST.

Dearest One,   I greet you in Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ; my name is Mrs Adele Kawanne . I am Married to General Minister Kawanne H Cooksey in Ivory Coast, We were married for eleven years without a Child before he died during the Political Election Crisis, we were both born again Christian, Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home, When my late husband was alive he deposited the total sum of $usd4, 500, 000, 00(Four Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) In my Account here, Presently, my Doctor confirmed to me that I have serious sickness which is cancer problem, the one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness, Having known my condition now, I have decided to Donate this Fund to a Church or individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein, I want a Church or individual that will use this money of the helping orphanages,widows,propagating the word of God
and to endeavour that the house of God is maintained, For I know that my sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in me in the kingdom of God Almighty according to the book of [Romans 8:18]. Therefore I am giving out this Donation in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for it is written that I should give, and it will be given to me, Blessed is the hand that giveth, I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and I don't want my husband efforts to be in vain, I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way. Please, let my Donation be in secret between me and you, as it is written in the book of [Matthew 6:3-4] That when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand to know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will himself reward you openly. I am not afraid
of death since I know where I am going, I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord, because the Lord has been my strength and hope as soon as I receive your reply in acceptance of my Donation, I shall give you the contact of the Bank here in Ivory Coast...Will you please send me down your private telephone number here immediately, also I want you and the church to always pray for me. 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, and also remember me in prayers. Hoping to receive your reply and remain blessed in the Lord.   Yours Sincerely in Christ,
Mrs.Adele Kawanne.

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