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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: Ameris Nadine <>
Reply-To: Ameris Nadine <>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 04:41:25 +0900 (JST)

Dearest Beloved Friend

With Due Respect And Humility, I was compelled to write you under a
humanitarian ground. My name is Mrs, Ameris Nadine, I am 68yrs old,From
Kuwait,I am married to late  Mr. Kroosa Ameris who until his death
was The chairman/CEO of k:E global industries and a philanthropist based in
Cote d'I voire.

We were married for 38 years without a child. And Recently, I was diagonize
of cancer problem (cancer of the liver). When my husband was alive,He
deposited the sum Of ($2.7 million) Two Million Seven Hundred Thousand USD
Dollar  with a financial firm here in Cote d'Ivoire for safe
keeping.Presently this money is still in the Vault of the firm.Having known
my condition I decided to to donate this money to any good spirited
individual,charity organization,christian or Muslim that will utilize this
money the way I am going to instruct herein.

I want that you use this money according to the desire of my late husband
to help the Less privileged,needles and the orphanages,building
churches,maintaining house of God,building orphanages,schools and building
care homes. I took this decision because I have no offspring and seeing the
sufferings of people around,i decided to donate it, And I do not want in
away where this money will be used in an ungodly way. This is why I am
taking this decision to hand you over this money.Though i don't know you
nor met you before but i believe that the Almighty will work through you in
accomplishing his will.I want you to always remember me in your daily
prayers because of my up coming Cancer Surgery.

Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I have Stated herein.

 Expecting to Hear from you as you can send your re-assuring reply.

Thanks and remain blessed

Mrs. Ameris Nadine.

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