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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.Jennifer Edward" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs.Jennifer Edward" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:53:49 +0900 (JST)

Dearest In The Lord, 

Endeavor to use the Fund as i stated herein!!! 

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

We were married for 38 years without a child. And Recently, I was 
diagnosed of cancer problem 
(cancer of the liver). When my husband was 
alive,He made this deposit of $(3.9Million)U.S. Dollars, Three Million nine 
hundred thousand U.S. Dollars in a Finance Security Company here in 
Abidjan. 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,Hindus, Muslim or any Individual that have the 
poor and the destitute in his or heart that can 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 
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 receive your re-assuring reply. 

Yours Sister 

Mrs.Jennifer Edward.

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