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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:

Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:13:31 +0900 (JST)


greetings to you in the name of our LORD Jesus Christ. I am Mrs. Rita
Daniel from Kuwait. I was married to Mr.John Daniel. Who worked with
Kuwait embassy in Cote d'Ivoire 19 years without  a child and my husband
died in 2008. I am contacting you to let you know my desire to donate
the sum of $2.5 million dollars, in a bank here in Abidjan Cote d?
Ivoire. Presently, this money is still in the bank to charities in your
country which I inherited from my late husband. Due to my illness
(cancer) I have been confirmed to leave for just eight months by
doctors, so it is my desire to see that this money is invested to
any organization of your choice and distributed each year among the
charity organizations motherless babies home, schools and support for
the men and women homeless or what
you may consider to be the benefit of those less fortunate. I do not
want this fund to be invested in an ungodly manner. Once I receive your
reply confirming your acceptance of the work, I will give all relevant
information to authorize the release and transfer the money to you as my
duly appointed
My happiness is that I lived a
life of a worthy Christian. Whosoever that wants to serve the Lord must
serve him in spirit and Truth.
I want you to send the following items to me for the procession of the affidavit:

(1) Your full name............................
(2) Your address......................
(3) Your Nationality.................
(4) Your Age / Sex......................
(5) Your Occupation.....................
(6) Your marital status.................

(7) Your direct telephone number...........
I need these information’s  very urgent. Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing
another person for this same purpose.
I am hoping to receive your urgent reply.

Remain blessed in the Lord.

Yours in Christ

Mrs. Rita Daniel

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