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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: Jane Kofi <>
Reply-To: Jane Kofi <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 02:55:20 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dear in Christ Jesus.

Dear in Christ Jesus.

Greetings to you in the wonderful name of the only Lord and Savior Jesus Christ . God's grace , peace and love be with you to your departure and your coming in through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. My name is  Mrs.Jane Kofi; Origin of Kuwait , I am married to the late Mr Kofi coulibally, who worked with Kuwait embassy here in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in 2011. We were married for eleven years without a child .

He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death we were both born again Christian . Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When my husband was alive he left the sum of Four million four hundred thousand U.S. dollars ( $ 4.4 million ) in a general trust account with a bank here in Abidjan , Cote d' Ivoire West Africa , Freshly nte after my health, my doctor told me that I would not last for the next eight months due to my cancer problem. He told me that in the next two months , will be a spread of this cancer to the bones and I will not live again , what disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a Christian individual and the organization or church that I know might need it and

will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein according to the desire of my late husband before his death . Presently, this money is still with the bank .

I want this fund to be used in work activities as liberation , helping pastors families , orphanages , less privileged in society and Christian schools , poor people in their midst and to maintenance of the Churches and for propagating the word of God that the house of God is maintained . I took this decision because they do not have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians and I do not want my husband's efforts to be used by unbelievers. I do not want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way . That is why I am taking this decision .

The Bible made us to understand that " Blessed is the hand that gives . " I'm not afraid of death hence I know where I'm going . I know I'll be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 vs 14 says that "the Lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace I do not need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health. With God all things are possible. Soon as I receive your reply that I will give you the contact of the bank for you to contact them directly for onward transfer . I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you the present beneficiary of my funds ary . I want you and your family to always pray for me because the Lord is my shepherd .My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian . Whoever wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and truth .
Please be prayerful throughout your life, any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another person for this same purpose . Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated here. I'm waiting for your reply soon . Remaining blessed in the Lord . Yours in Christ ,

Mrs.Jane Kofi

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