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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: Janice Howard <>
Reply-To: Janice Howard <>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:42:12 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Mrs. Janice Howard.

Hello my dear.

May God be with you, Please, kindly read this message with great understanding and love of God.

My name is Mrs. Janice Howard 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 $1.4 Million, (One Million Four Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) with my late husband Mr. Isaac Howard , I want to give it out to Orphanages homes and Charity Organizations as a vow which I made before the lord.

I will send to you the contact of the bank for you to start the process for the claim of the money from the Security Company upon your response. Send to me your information as follow to enable me obtain the letter of authority on your name to authorise you my appointed next of kin.

1. Your complete name
2. Your geographic contact address
3. Your direct telephone number and fax if any
4. Your nature of occupation & your age
5. A copy of your identification

Note. that any delay in your reply will give me room to source for another God fearing person or charity organization for the same purpose. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that "the Lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace say the Lord God. For I know that God is love and we have to show love to one another according to His commandment, Psalm 23:1 says" The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.

May God give you a good heart to assist me for the benefit of suffering children and use you to accomplish my wishes. I believe upon the word of God and I have no regret despite the condition of my health, because nothing is impossible with God. Though I am a Christian, but this money is not made for religious use, either Christians, Muslims, or any religious, what I want is to use this money in Godly way to help people in various need.

Your sister in the Lord.
Mrs. Janice Howard.
Before I forget, I want you to know this important information regarding to the deposit of this fund with the security company, when my husband was alive he concealed this fund in a metallic trunk box and have it registered as a family treasure, that is to tell you that the security company did not know the real content of the trunk box, you will collect the trunk box from the security company as our family valuable and open it with the secret code which I will give to you on my next letter. You must keep this very confidential to avoid the security company from knowing the real content of the deposit in their company.

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