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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: "Rev.khuma lobenso" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2018 05:13:29 -0700
Subject: God directed,

My Dear child,

I am Rev.khumalobenso.78 years old, now resident in Bolton.
Formally of the SAINT JUDES CATHOLIC CHURCH. Ever since, I have been
helping the orphans in the orphanages, motherless homes and less
privileged across few African countries and Asia.

I have donated some money to orphanages in Sudan, South Africa,
Cameroon, Mozambique, Philippines and Liberia with the money I
inherited from my late father who was into diamond and crude oil
business. But, it is sad to let you know that I have been going
through series of illness from auditory (hearing), multiple sclerosis
and from cancer of the liver.

Before I got ill and went to Monaco, I have some money amounting to
Nineteen million United States dollars (US$19 Million) only with a
financial institution. The fund is safe. I have been using the
financial institution for over twenty years now. I had entrusted some
money to a relation of mine to perform this duty, but unfortunately he
misused the funds, so I have decided to look for a foreigner and a
good-minded person. Email;

I will be going to the hospital anytime for major operations. Except
it pleases God, the chance of my survival is slim. God has
specifically told me to help the less privileged people with my
money.Please I solicit for your help to receive the money, invest it
profitably and use it wisely for the less privileged people in your

If you are willing to carry out this soul surviving mission u can get
in touch with me. I will give you instructions on how the funds will
be invested and distributed among the orphanages and less privileged
in return. The Lord has already told me that I would find a
trustworthy person who can carry out this soul surviving transaction.

While I await your response, may God bless you and your family?

Thank you.

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