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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: Janice David <>
Reply-To: Janice David <>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:28:34 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Happy New Year 2017 (From Mrs Janice David)

Good day to you,
I am Mrs. Janice David widow suffering from long time illness (Cancer), writing from a hospital here in Ivory Coast, there is funds I inherited from my late loving husband Mr. Osy David, the sum of (US$13.5 Million) which he deposited in bank before his death, I need a honest and God fearing person that can use these funds for God's work.
I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way. That is why I am taking this decision, and my doctor has confirmed to me that I have less than three weeks to live, having known my condition I have decided to donate this fund to a charity or individual that will utilize this money to assist the poor and the needy in accordance to my

I want an organization that will use these funds for orphanages, school and church, widows, propagating the word and work of God.

Please, if you would be able to use these funds for the Lord's works kindly reply me. As soon as I have received your response, I will give you further directives on how you are to go about the claim of the said funds.
Yours Sister in Christ.
Mrs. Janice David.

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