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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.Theresa Joshua" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs.Theresa Joshua" <>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 01:24:52 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Greetings My Beloved

Greetings My Beloved,
>I beg you with the name of God reply me immediately as soon as I receive
your reply I will forward your information’s to the bank to transfer the money to you Information’s OK my name is Mrs. Theresa Joshua, I have
been suffering from ovarian cancer disease and my doctor says that I
have just few days to leave. I am 53 years from France, but based in
Ivory Coast. I was married to Late Edwards B.Joshua who was a contractor with the government of Cote D'Ivoire before he died after few days in
the hospital.
>I am a business woman dealing with cocoa exportation when my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $4.5 Million Dollars
with a Bank in Cote d ’Ivoire. Presently this money is still in the
custody of the Bank here in Cote d’Ivoire.
>My Doctor told me that it is very likely I will die within few days or
months due to a blood cancer {leukemia}.I have decided to donate the
money for charity to you since I do not have a child to inherit it and
its better I do not die leaving the money here without it reaching to
the poor and the less privileged ones in the society. As soon as I
receive your reply I shall tell my bank to transfer the money to you.
Information’s Required from you are:
>Your full Name
>Your home or office address
>Your direct tell & fax
>With these information’s, I will forward them to the bank immediately for
transferring of the funds to your position. Please always pray for me
and let God give me more good health to stay in this world.
>Please always pray for me soon I will be going for a heart operation. I pray
and ask God for a divine favor I wish you the best of luck and a happy
and peaceful week.
>God bless you and your family and I am hoping to receive your reply
>Your Sister in the Lord,
>Mrs. Theresa Joshua

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