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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: Augustina Lina Eugena <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:54:48 +0000
Subject: Email From Augustina Eugena.

Dearest in Christ,
Heavenly Father, most Gracious and Loving God, I pray to you that you
abundantly bless my family, friends and me. I know that you recognize, that
a family is more that just a mother, father, sister, brother, husband and
wife, but all who believe and trust in you.

I am Mrs Augustina Lina Eugena, 65 years old, Kuwait citizen by birth. I am
married to late Mr. Bertranda Eugena, who worked with Kuwait embassy, in
Ivory Coast for eleven years. My husband died in 2005. Since then, i have
been seriously sick.

My husband and i, accept God in our lives. God blessed my family with
wealth, but, we have no child. When my late husband was alive, he deposited
the sum of US$3.5 million dollars, in a bank here, in Abidjan Cote
d'Ivoire. This money is still in bank. I have decided to donate this money,
to any christian organization, or individual that can use it to promote
God's work, like, (charity organizations, house of babys without mothers,
and to support the widows).

I took this decision because, I was raised from a house of babies without
mothers, and I have no child of my own, who will inherit my wealth.
Presently, I am hospitalized. I will soon undergo, a major heart surgery
operation. Please, reply as soon as possible, to confirm your acceptance,
to this divine mission. When i receive your mail, I will give you all the
relevant information, that will authorize the release, and transfer of the
fund to you.

I look forward to hear from you urgently.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and He will never fail you because He
Yours in Christ,
Mrs Augustina Lina Eugena
Ad:N°780 John Paul II Avenue
Abidjan Cote D'ivoire
West Africa.

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