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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: Winnie Jokonya <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 06:13:15 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello.....


I am Mrs Winnie Jokonya, I was married to Late Mr Anthony Jokonya of blessed memory, he was well known for Cocoa exportation from Cote d'ivoire to European countries before he died in the year 2009.

We were married for 23 years without a child. Before his sudden death, he deposited the sum of £ GB Pounds (Five Million GBP) which we concluded that the money will be used to build an orphanage for the less privileged ones since we have no child to inherit the money.

Actually, this money is still with the bank and i am diagnosed of cancer of the lungs despite the fibroid and tumour which denied me of a child and thats why we suggested to use this deposited money to engage in humanitarian work. Recently, i was informed by my doctors that i might not last long.

Because i have no child to inherit this money, after making several prayer consultations, i have decided to donate this fund to the less previleged ones to build an orphanage for the motherless babies, i have choose you to assist me in using this money for the purpose which i mentioned above because i have limited time to live.

I will be very happy wherever i will be tommorrow if you will be sincere and honest with me and use the money according to the purpose which i suggested above.

My situation in the hospital is critical and i cannot walk with my two legs as i am writting you now. But my heart is joyfull as i have found someone to help me and my late husband to fullfill this task. I will like you to reply me immediately so that i will give you the details of the bank and the account informations and i will introduce you to the bank as my partner so that they will release the money to you for the suggested purpose.

I am waiting to read from you soon, remain blessed.

Your sister in the Lord,
Mrs Winnie Jokonya.

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