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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. Maryann Kagebou" <>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2013 13:53:14 +0530 (IST)
Subject: Attn: My Dearest Friend

God bless you and your family,

Attn: My Dearest Friend,

Calvary greetings in the name of Almighty God, I am Mrs. Maryann Kagebou,
A widow to Late Dr Pereau,David Kagebou (former Counselor of the Benin
Embassy in Madrid , Spain . we own Treasure Art Inc and Treasure Crude Oil
Marketers, we are very wealthy we have a lot of properties including
Shares and houses. I am 69 years old a new Christian convert. I am
suffering from cancer of the Pelvic my condition is serious, according to
my doctor it is quite obvious that I may not survive the sickness.

My late husband and my only son died in the crash of Swissair Flight 111
on the 2, of September 1998. After the death of my husband I made up my
mind to do the work of God as a missionary. I sold all my husband's
properties and shares to enable me raise some money to continue my
mission.he depositecd the sum of (US$21 MILLION DOLLARS) which he
deposited with a Bank here. Now that my sickness has gone to this stage, I
am scared and I want the fund to be used for the work of God all over the

I have prayed to God to direct me to an honest PERSON who will receive
this fund and utilize it for things that will glorify the name of God,
after my prayers, I searched your site in the Internet, I found your email
address and I decided to contact you to receive the fund. This is on the
condition that you will take only 35% of the fund for yourself, 5% for any
expenses, while you will use the remaining 60% for the less privileges
people in the society.

If you are interested in using this fund for the work of God, please send
to me your full name, address, telephone/fax number, occupation and age to
enable me give it to the Bank for immediate arrangement to release the
fund to you.

I can not predict what will be my fate by the time the fund will be
transferred into your account, but you should please ensure that the fund
is used as I have described above. Please contact my late husband Attorney
at this number +229 98198926 to speak with him about this fund.

stated below is what i need from you as soon i receive all your
information i will tell My late husband attorney (Bar. Sylvanus Boboo) to
contact you with an application letter as soon as he finish with the

1) Address
2) your telephone number / Fax Number.
3) Age and
4) occupation
5) A valid form of identification (International
Passport Or Personal I.D) If Any one available.

I await your urgent reply For more details, do write to me on my private
email address ( )

Most sincerely,
Mrs. Maryann Kagebou.

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