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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: Catherine Alves <>
Reply-To: Catherine Alves <>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2018 10:44:23 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Beloved In Christ,

How are you doing today?

However is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour against your will. I am Mrs Catherine Alives from American. I married to Mr. Peter Djédji Alves l who worked with American Embassy in Cote d’Ivoire for fourteen years before he died in the year 2011. We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Since after his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home,
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $1.8 Million Dollars in a bank in Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire, Presently this money still in the bank,

Recently, my DOCTOR told me that I would not last for the next three months due to cancer problem. The one that disturb me most is my stroke sickness Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to charity project, I need a good God fearing person that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want this fund to be use for orphanages, widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavour that the house of God is maintained.

l took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are Evil people not even good at all because they are the people that killed my husband in other to have all my late husband properties and I don't want my husband's efforts to be used by unbelievers. I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way.

This is why I am taking this decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace. With God all things are possible.

As soon as I receive your response confirming your acceptance of the work, I will give all relevant information to authorize the release and transfer the money to you as my duly appointed representative. . I want you to always pray for me because the lord is my shepherd.

My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life.

Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated here in.

Hoping to receive your response.

Remain blessed.
Your sister
Mrs. Catherine Alives

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