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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: christina kendo <>
Reply-To: christina kendo <>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 21:13:24 +0900 (JST)
Subject: GREETINGS,I am Mrs Christina Kendo,am 58 years old, married to Dr. Jude Kendo from Ivory Coast; my late husband was into, Estate management and also a government building contractor before my husband earlier in January 25 Jun 2011. We were married for eleven years without a child due to my fibroid problem. He died after a brief illness. Before his death we deposited the sum of $10.5 million (USD) dollars, we were born again Christian. Since his death I have decided not to remarry or get a child outside my

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