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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: =?UTF-8?B?IkNhcm9saW5lIEthbWUi?= <>

Attn: Dear Good Friend,

Calvary greetings in the name of Almighty Go= d, I am Mrs. Caroline Kame, A widow to Late Dr. Albert Kame, former Counsel= or of the Benin Embassy in German. We own Treasure Art Inc and Treasure Cru= de 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 sufferi= ng from cancer of the Pelvic my condition is serious, according to my docto= r it is quite obvious that I may not survive the sickness.

My late h= usband and my only son died in the crash of Swiss air Flight 111 on the 2, = of September 1998. After the death of my husband I made up my mind to do th= e work of God as a missionary. I sold all my husband's properties and share= s to enable me raise some money to continue my mission. I raised the sum of= (US$4.5 Million Dollars) which I deposited with a Bank here. Now that my s= ickness has gone to this stage, I am scared and I want the fund to be used = for the work of God all over the world.

I have prayed to God to dire= ct me to an honest person who will receive this fund and utilize it for thi= ngs that will glorify the name of God, after my prayers, I searched and I f= ound your email address and I decided to contact you to receive the fund. T= his is on the condition that you will take only 40% of the fund for yoursel= f, 5% for any expenses, while you will use the remaining 55% for the less p= rivileges people in the society.

Kindly send your information immedi= ately as stated below and call my private DOCTOR on his direct telephone nu= mber so that he will inform me that you have send me the information for fu= rther process, this is because I cannot be able to speak on phone at this t= ime due to my present condition at this time. I have let him know everythin= g about this project as he will assist you here for the transfer process; H= is number is (00229 98538312)

If you are interested in using this fu= nd for the work of God, please send to me your full name, address, telephon= e/fax number, occupation and age to enable me give it to the Bank for immed= iate 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 abo= ve.

Please you can contact my DOCTOR ( DR. SOLOMON DODA ) on his pho= ne so that you can speak to me (00229 98538312)

I await your urgent = reply.

Most sincerely,
Mrs. Caroline Kame.

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