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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: Christina Kendo <>
Reply-To: Christina Kendo <>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:37:11 +0900 (JST)


am Mrs Christina Kendo, married to Dr. Jude Kendo, from Ivory Coast; my
late husband was into, Estate management and also a government building
contractor before my husbaand earlier in January 25 2011.  We were
married for eleven years without a child due to my fibroid problem. He
died after a briaef illness.  Before his death we deposited the sum of
$2.5Million (USD) dollars, we were born again Christian.

his death I have decided not to remarry or get a child outside my
matrimonial home. As my Doctor told me that I would not last for the
next Four months due to cancer problem. From all indications, my
condition is really deteriorating and is quite obvious that I may not
live more than two months, because the cancer stage has gotten to a very
dangerous stage.

known my condition I decided to donate this fund to good person that
will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I decided
to donate this money to charity organization /orphanage home or an
individual who will received this money on my behalf and help the poor
with it. God Bless you, i hope to read from you soonest.

Remain blessed in the Lord,
Mrs Christina Kendo.

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