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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: sisteranita johnson <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:36:37 +0000
Subject: Dearest Beloved.Greetings to you.

Dearest Beloved.Greetings to you.

First of all let me introduce myself to you I am Sister Anita Adams
Johnson from Ivory Coast . I am married to late Chief Adams Johnson of
blessed memory.My late husband was a produce marchant and contractor
to the government on export of coaca. We were married for eleven Years
without a child, since his death I too have been battling with both
cancer and fibroid problem.

Recently,I am in the hospital due to my critical health condition and
my doctor told me that I would not last for few months and having
known my condition I Decided to donate my late husband's
funds(US$8.7Million) deposited with a leading Bank here to you so that
you will Utilize this money for yourself and also for the Orphanages,
widows and motherless organizations.

I will also issue an Order of authority to the bank, authorizing them
that the said sum has been willed to you and a copy of such
authorization will be forwarded to you. Any delay in your reply will
give room in sourcing for another person / organization for this same

You may ask why I took this decision to transfer the fund to you??why
can't I withdraw from the fund to take care of my health???
Until I hear from you today unfailingly,i will give you a detail
information of the fund and get you

cleared of these rehotorical questions.
Yours sincerely,
Sister Anita Johnson

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