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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: "Mrs Samira Ahmed." <>
Reply-To: "Mrs Samira Ahmed." <>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:32:23 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Donation From Mrs Samira Ahmed.

Donation From Mrs Samira Ahmed. My name is Samira Ahmed, from Kuwait
married to Mr Josh Ahmed. Who worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast before
he died in the year 2007. When i got married to my husband we were living
happily without problems. I never knew that however joyful life may be it must
have it's tempting hours, my husband loves me so much and he cares for me as
the bone of his bone and the flesh of his flesh. Great love was existing
between us we hardly has problems, but four years later i couldn't conceive the
members of my husband family assemble together and found occasion against me.
Which was not giving birth to a child.

My husband mother became more interested in this
case she was very angry and mad with me she does not want to set her eyes on
me. Whenever you see a woman looking desperately for the fruit of the womb pity
her. In the bible God instructed husband to love their wives my husband acted
in obedience to God's command despite he’s a Muslim but his people saw God's
instructions as foolishness not knowing that the foolishness of God is wiser
than men. It was a trialsome and traumatic experience i don't wish any child of
God to experience it.

More deep i think every day about my situation
asking why i should be in this problem and how long this difficult times will
last, i didn't know that i have been under a curse my step mother laid a curse
on me that i will not conceive all the days of my life. This is a woman i love
so much not knowing she was the one responsible for all that i’ve been passing
through. Her reason for this was that i am a Christian and i married before her
daughters. By the time we discover why we have be in this problem our marriage
was getting to fifteen years without child.

Suddenly i lost my husband in the year 2007. when my
late husband was alive he deposited the sum of 2.3 million US dollars to the
security company in ivory coast, recently i have serious sickness which is
cancer problem i decided to donate this fund to the orphans and widows in the
church since i have known child, psalms 41vs1 blessed is he that considerate
the poor the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. Psalms 125vs4 do good o
Lord unto those that be good.

Moreover my husband relatives are pagans i don't
want them to know about this development, i don't need any telephone
communication because of my health, and my husband relatives always around me.
Read my message carefully and get back to me. I am waiting for your response so
that I will contact you to the security company here in Ivory Coast. Please
always remember me in your prayers thanks.

Mrs Samira Ahmed.

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