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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Fri, 06 Apr 2018 01:40:31 +0800
Subject: =?utf-8?B?Q09OVEFDVA==?=

My Dearest, before I proceed I want to info you to contact me via my Private E-mail: ( )

I am writing this message from my hospital bed, I appeal to you to exercise a little patience and go through this message. I am Mrs. Hellen Kone; I'm 49 yrs old, from Burkina Faso (west Africa) I was married to Late Dr. Walid Ahmed Juffali, Citizen of Saudi Arabia and Billionaire Saudi businessman. Who was the chairman of E. A. Juffali and Brothers, one of Saudi Arabia's largest companies.

Meanwhile, I decided to contact you due to my health condition, I am having diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I have decided to bring it back because I am faced with a new chapter in my life. On July 14th I was told that I have breast cancer. Having known my condition, I decided to donate a sum Twenty Million Two Hundred Thousand dollars Only ($25,200.000.00 USD)
to Charity Organizations or Christian individuals to support the Orphans, Motherless Babies, Less privileged and free Medical & Medicine Poor People's around the World, After I was told by my Doctor that I have only some time to live because of
the stage of my cancer problem.

I need a reliable person who will handle this project accordingly. I took this decision to donate this fund because I grew up as an Orphan, that?s why I'm taking this decision to contact you to help and carry out this Godly project. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going after I died. Please all I need from you is trust and sincere to utilize this fund as I instructed here.

I will give you more information on how the fund will be transferred from my bank to your account over there in your country. I will send you my pictures in my next mail, Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.

I am waiting for your urgent respond to my private E-mail ID:

Mrs. Hellen Kone
Tel: +226 77381887

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