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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 Doris Jones" <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:18:14 -1000
Subject: Mrs Doris Jones

Dearest in Christ.

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; I am Mrs. Doris Jones an ageing widow suffering from long time illness.
I am currently admitted in a private hospital here in Abidjan the capital city of Cote D¡¥Ivoire I have some funds I
inherited from my late loving husband Late Dr Jecob Jones, the sum of US$5.500,000.00 which he deposited in a Security
Company here and I need a very honest and God fearing Christian that can use this funds for God's work and 15% out of
the total funds will be for your compensation for doing this work of God. I found your email address from the internet
and decided to contact you.

Please if you would be able to use these funds for the Lord's work.

Yours Sister in the Lord,
Mrs Doris Jones

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