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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: "Samifa Fatun" <>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:17:51 -0800
Subject: RE: Compliment of the season

Dearest Beloved

I know this may come as surprise since we do not know each other before now, but I am contacting you with trust and faith i have, that you will never fail me .
My name is Mrs. Samifa Fatun a nationality of Kuwait. I am married to late Dr. Basmah Fatun who worked with Kuwait embassy in Benin Republic for nine years before he died in the year October 2003.
We were married for twenty years without a child. Before his death we were both a good Christian. When my late husband was alive we deposited the sum of $9.5MillionUSD (Nine Million Five hundred Thousand U.S.Dollars) with one of good banks here in Benin Republic.

Presently, this money is still with the bank. I have been diagnose with Esophageal cancer .It has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts. Recently my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to my cancer problem. Having known my condition I decided to donate this Fund to an individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to Instruct here in. I want a God fearing person that will use this fund for orphanages, research centers and widows propagating the word of God and to ensure that the house of God is maintained.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the bank and I will also issue you a letter of authority that will empower you as the new beneficiary of this fund..Remain blessed in the name of GodYours faithfullyMrs Samifa Fatun

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