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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: theresa joshua <>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:09:02 +0000
Subject: Compliments of the day

Compliments of the day!
I am Mrs Theresa Edwards Joshua,
112 Bp Koumassi 354 Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire.

I am writing this mail to you With due respect, trust and humanity, I
appeal to you to exercise a little patience and read through my letter, I
feel quite safe dealing with you in this important message, I sincerely
writing this email to you with pains, tears and sorrow from my heart, I
will really like to have a good understanding with you and i have a special
reason why i decided to contact you, I decided to contact you due to the
urgency of my situation.

My name is Mrs Theresa Edwards Joshua writing you from hospital bed,
Therefore this message is very urgent. I have a donation to make which I
will need your assistance to carry it out for me, I will be 62 years old
this coming month, I'm a widow and a servant of the lord for the past 38
years in Ivory Coast.

I have sum of $4.4 Million, Four Million Four Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars with my late husband Mr. Edwards Joshua, I want to give it
out to Orphanages homes and Charity Organizations as a vow which I made
before the lord.

I have a serious lung and breast cancer and will be going for my third
surgical operation next two weeks, though the doctors had already confirmed
that I will only last for some months but I am happy and glad that the lord
has kept me safe and guided me to accomplished my desires here on earth, I
will be happy to meet him where he wants me to be.

I want you to contact my house helper, I have given him the documents of
the funds and have directed him to a lawyer that will assist you to change
the documents of the fund to your name to enable my Bank to transfer the
fund to you.

Steven Mamudu.
Address: Avenue 16, Wade Ave,
Abidjan 16, Cote d'Ivoire.

He will give you the documents and will direct you to the lawyer that I
have appointed to him to assist you, The lawyer will do everything on your
behalf to assure the success of my fund transferring to you.

This is the favor i need from you when you received the money under your

(1) Give 10% of the money to Steven Mamudu as he has been here for me
throughout my illness and I have promised to support him, therefore you
will take him as my or your child.

(2) Give 60% of the money to Charity organizations, Orphanage homes and
Churches e.t.c, on my name so that my soul may rest in peace.

(3) The remaining 30% should be for you and others that you may wish to
assist. If you did not contact my house helper Steven Mamudu in few days to
come then i will be looking for someone else.

May God give you a good heart to assist me for the benefit of suffering
children and use you to accomplish my wishes. Email Steven Mamudu my house
helper as directed "" he will give you more
details with the documents of the fund.

Remain Blessed.
Mrs Theresa Edwards Joshua

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