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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mrs, Theresa Stephen" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs, Theresa Stephen" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:21:58 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Greetings My Dearest

Mrs. Theresa Stephen
Lot 104, Jacques Avenue,
01 B.P. 3691 Co Cody,
Abidjan -Ivory Coast

Greetings My Dearest

Greetings to you and to your entire family, Dear i have selected your name among other names due to its Esteeming nature and the recommendations given to me as a reputable and trust worthy person that i can do business with and By the recommendation, I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere MISSION. I am Mrs. Theresa Stephen from Australia, A widow to late mr, Stephen Joseph of Ivory Coast, Am Suffering from long time cancer of the breast. My late Husband was a Finance Director in the Ministry of works and housing before his retirement from service, after his retirement we went into; Real Estate Business and also Government building contract. We were married for years without a child due to my fibroid problem.

Recently, my Doctor told me that I may not last for the next 15 weeks because the cancer has gotten to a very bad stage. When my husband was alive he made a deposit of ($3.500.000.00usd) three Million five hundred thousand United States Dollars, hoping to use the money to expand our business by buying some construction Machine and equipment before he met his death. Knowing my condition I have decided to donate this money out for charity purposes. Dear, I want to transfer this money to you, I want you to use at least 70% of this money to help the orphanage homes, poor, sick ones in the hospital, widows, help women with cancer, help in the church of the lord then take the remaining amount to take care of your home because every worker deserve its wages.

I honestly pray that this money when transferred to your Country will be used for the said purpose, because I have come to find out that wealth acquisition without God is vanity, Dear your religion does not matter to me, What mater most to me is using this money with the fear of Amighty God,

Please your urgent reply will be highly apreciated

Mrs, Theresa Stephen,

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