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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: Lewis Katrina <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:42:03 +0200
Subject: hello

Hello my dear.

Am greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ our Savior; this is
the second time l am contacting you with regards to the
undermentioned. I am Ms. Katrina an aging widow suffering from
longtime illness. I am currently admitted in a private hospital here.

I have some funds I inherited from my late loving husband was deposit
the sum of US$10.800,000.00 (Ten million eight hundred thousand United
State Dollars): which he deposited in a Bank here and I need a very
honest and God fearing that can use this funds for God's work and 25%
out of the total funds will be for your compensation for doing this
work of God. I found your email address and i decided to contact you.
Please if you would be able to use these funds for the Lord's work
Please reply me through this my private email at

Yours Sister in the Lord,

Mrs. Katrina Lewis.

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