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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: "mrs.gemma iska" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:58:45 +0000
Subject: Re:HI Good Morning

Dear Good Morning

My name is (MRS Gemma Iska) A nationality of Kuwait. I am married to
late (MR Mc Iska) who worked with Kuwait embassy in united kingdom
for nine years before he died in the year Octorber 2005. We were
married for twenty years with a child. He died after a the illness
that lasted for four days. Please I know this may come to you by
supprise , because you did not know me, I needed your assistance that
was why I write you through divine direction, it is my desire of
going into relationship with you.

Before his death we were both born again Christians.When my late
husband was alive we deposited the sum of (Ten Million U..S.Dollars)
with one of good Bank in UK Presently, this money is still with the
Bank. Recently my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next
three months due to my cancer problem,Though what disturbs me most is
my stroke. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to
church or better still a Christian individual that will utilize this
money the way I am going to instruct here in.I want a person or
church that will use this fund to churches,orphanages, research
centres and widows propagating the word of God and to ensure that the
house of God is maintained.

Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.
MRS Gemma Iska

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