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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: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 18:37:29 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Compliment of the day to you.

Compliment of the day to you.

I am Mrs.Christina Kendo, 58 yrs old widow from Franc e, married to professor Jude Kendo From Cote D'Ivoire.I am sending this brief letter to solicit your partnership to transfer $ 10.5 million US Dollars.this money will go to orphanages, widows,Schools, and maintained the house of God.

i do not have any biological child of my own who will inherit this money neither i have any ADOPTED child.I if you will use this money the way I instructed and Capable to Proceed It Respond To Me.

I Have Endometrial Cancer That Is Why I orphée this money. I shall send you more information and procedures When I receive positive response from you.

(1) Your Name....
(2) Your age ........
(3) Your full residential address ...
(4) Your Telephone Number.....

prompt response. Best Regards

Mrs.Christina Kendo

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