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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: "Professor Jean Mark" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2018 16:43:08 -0000
Subject: Greetings

Good Day,

It's with a great pleasure though saddened heart and body filled with pain I summon courage or strength that is failing me because of my deteriorating health situation to be drafting this message. I prayed and fasted for days before I arrived at the decision to contact you. I have a project I was working on before I fell ill, came to France here for medical check up but to my greatest surprise diagnosed of Bronchial Adenoma Cancer and now told I'm living on borrowed time as the disease has already spread. It has in fact devastated my being. I held my forehead in my right hand, and felt my shoulders, shaking as uncontrollable tears rolled down my cheeks. I am right now face to face with death which simply means the charitable project I was working on to help the less privileged and poor orphans will go down the drain or stop.

For days now I haven't been able to think straight on what to do until i had a dream two night ago whereby in the trance I saw myself given a shining and very precious mantle to someone I don't know from Adams, a complete stranger because I was tired. I prayed about it and concluded that God want me to hand the orphanage project I was working on to someone before he call me to glory and this was the reason I'm contacting you, my late wife was from your country hence it became unavoidable for me not to let you handle this project in her memory.

Now, before I left my home town to come here for the check-up and met this shock I have already made payment for 122 kilos of gold bar worth US$ 4,960,000 because the international market price presently or literally stand at $41,000 per kilo and paid fully for the shipment from Ghana, the mining site to Cote d'Ivoire my country, it is the benefit I normally made from the gold business as a banker I was putting into the charitable projects I am doing for the less privilege and poor orphans, now that I am dying I don't want it to stop and the company where I left the gold pallet to sit on my wealth and use it to enrich themselves. I want you to use the whole money to establish or set up a Cancer Research Institution for the less privilege and poor orphans that have been diagnosed of Cancer but cannot afford good medical care and name it after me as proof that someone like me once walk on the surface of this earth once I am called to glory by God Almighty since I lost my only c
hild earlier. They wanted to ship

The only thing that needs to done is to change the destination address to your address and they will ship the consignment containing 122 kilos of gold bar to you, all expenses duly paid, and while the shipment is on it's way, you look for gold dealers in your neighborhood that can afford to pay you in cash, I bought the gold at US$ 4,960,000 but you can sell them at a give away price when they deliver it to you over US$5Million. If I am still alive I will guide you every step of the way but if God call me to glory, He will give you the strength and directions since there nothing difficult in it.

This is what God asked me to do for the sake of humanity and if you can help me accomplish this, I will be extremely glad where-ever I might be dead or alive, and your blessing is guaranteed. Remain Bless.

Thank You
Yours Sincerely
Professor Jean Mark -KOFI

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