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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 Ciko Lolo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 20:32:57 +0100
Subject: Mrs Ciko Lolo Donation Offer to you

Calvary Greetings to you,
Dear Trusting Friend,

It is with tears and pains that I write this mail from my sick bed in a
hospital. I believe you have never met such a condition before. My name is
Mrs Ciko Lolo, widow to late Mr. Lukisa Ticka Lolo, former owner of
PETROLEUM AND GAS Company, in Libya.

I am 68 years old, suffering from long time cancer of the breast. From all
indications my condition is really deteriorating and it's quite obvious
that I won't live more than 3 months according to my doctors. This is
because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage. I don't want your
pity, but I need your trust. My late husband died due to this problem we
hard in my country Libya he died on the day our
leader attack our oil port.

And during the period of our marriage we couldn't produce any child. My
late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited all his
business and wealth. The doctor has advised me that I will not live for
more than 3 month, so I have now decided to spread all my wealth, to
contribute mainly to the development of charity home and for orphanage. I
want this fund to be used for building orphanage homes in the name of my
late husband. Am, sorry if you are embarrassed by my mail.

I found your e-mail address as a real Child of God for over a month now
that I have been praying about you to know if really you are working
according to the direction of God so after all my prayers I am convince,
and I have decided to contact you, before my late husband died he was a
major oil tycoon, in Libya and deposited the sum of US4.2 000,000.00 (4 .2
Million Dollars only) in abroad two years ago, That's all I have left now,
I need your help to collect these funds and use it to build orphanage
homes that bears the name of my late husband Mr. Lukisa Ticka Lolo, so
that his name remains. So that when I die my soul will rest in peace. The
funds will be entirely in your hands and you are to manage. I hope God
gives you the wisdom to touch very many lives that is my main concern. 30%
of this fund will be for your time and effort, while 70% goes to the
building of orphanage homes. Please to be sure that you can handle this
project; send your information below to me:

1. Your Name in Full:
2. Your Address:
3. Youre Occupation:
4. Your Nationality;
5. Your City;
6. Youre Telephone:
7. Mobile number:
8. Your Age:
9. Your Gender:

Note; reply to me only on

God bless you.
Mrs Ciko Lolo

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