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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: Rose Annika <>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 03:46:22 +0000
Subject: Rose Annika

Greetings, beloved
I am honored to be in contact with you this day. My name is (Rose Annika)
from Sweden. I was married to (Rev, Fredrick Kjell); who died on the 28th
January 2014.
Until his death he served as an archdeacon in the St. Paul’s Archdeaconry
in South Africa and Cote d'Ivoire for 14 years. We were married for 15
years without any child. His death occurred after a brief illness that
lasted for some weeks, he was my whole life and everything I loved and
cared for.

While my husband was alive, we were setting up an Establishment and
Development of Charity Organization but unfortunately his death did not
allow him to actualize the project.

I am in need of an honest and sincere person whom I will entrust the fund:

PANTRIES) So you can distribute the funds to charity homes around the world.

Some Few Months Ago, Medical Expert and Doctors confirmed to me I am
suffering from kidney and cancer disease and my present health condition is
in a critical shape, I don't know what might happen to me in the next few
weeks that is the reason I am taking this bold decision.
This decision was mainly taken because I don’t have any child who will
inherit the fund.
I may not need any telephone communication because of my present health

As soon as I receive your reply I will connect you with the financial
institution holding the fund so that you can contact them on how they will
transfer the money to your preferred destination.
Beloved, do not delays to reply this message as any delay will
automatically push me to look for another religious organization or
individual for this same purpose.
You should reply to my private email address

Please kindly assure me that you will act accordingly as Stated herein.
Yours Sister: Rose Annika

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