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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: "MRS.CHEN KEVIN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:18:14 -0700
Subject: Dearest One Please be Honest.

Hello Dear,
Here is my Biography/Donation for the work of God
Calvary Greetings to you beloved in lord, Do not be marveled, but believe in God, with him all things are possible.
I am Mrs. Kevin Chen  from  Switzerland    I am 63 years old, I married to Mr Paul CHEN   who worked with Switzerland   Embassy  in Republic of Ghana for twenty-two years before he died in the year 2011. We were married for twenty eight years without a child, When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of (US$18 ,200.000.00.)  Eighteen Million Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only)  as a fixed deposit in a general trust account with a Bank in Republic of Ghana. Presently this money is still in bank up till date,
Recently my doctor told me that I would not last for the next Eight months due to cancer problem The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness, Having known my condition I decided to donate my late Husband deposit funds to a charity organization, I want an organization that will use this fund for LESS-PRIVILEGES orphanages, schools, widows, disabled to help poor people around your community since i have no child to inherit the funds.
Please, always be prayerful all through your life,
Hoping to hearing from you to details you on what next to do
Yours in Christs

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