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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 CATHERINE JONAS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2018 01:20:21 -0700
Subject: I trust you Receive This

I am Rev Catherine Jonas, born and raised in the area of Homer, Cortland County, New York United State I spent the 8 years working as an engineer before i joined The Society of Saint John the Evangelist, an Episcopal monastery Pro. Catheral, Maitama Abuja Nigeria, I am 63 years old suffering from chronic urinary tract cancer. From all indications, my condition is really deteriorating and is quite obvious that i may not live more than two months after my next surgery in London.

My personal physician told me that I may not live for more than 2 months and I am so scared about it. I have no child of mine since my spiritual obligation does not permit me to marry. But through this wonderful Bible verses, Psalms 119:116 ….Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live, and let me not be ashamed of my hope. Psalms 138: 7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou will revive me......psalms 41:1 Blessed is he that considered the poor, the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.

Two of my favorite verses: Philippians 2:27: For indeed he was sick nigh unto death, but God had mercy on him & that on him only, but on me also, less I should have sorrow upon sorrow.( I always say this in my mind) So, I now decide to donate all my life savings, which turns out to be at the sum of (500,000$ Five hundred thousand United States Dollars Only ) to you for humanitarian purposes. by establishing a foundation in your country under my name, so as to immortalize my name and 40% of this sum would be yours while 60% goes for the project

This money is deposited in a reliable In Nigeria capital bank , Presently, I have informed my Attorney, about my decision in WILLING this fund to you, you are to get back to me immediately if you are interested in carrying out this task, so that I will instruct you on how to get in contact with my attorney and my Bank. Lastly, I know I have never meet you, but in other to fulfill this which borders me most, i prayed and fasted with my spiritual adviser, Rev. Fr. Ediz Derya and choose your address from the Human resources data base and decided to contact you , Please if you would be able to use the funds for the work of humanity as I have stated here in order to fulfill my wishes please, kindly reply me back immediately

However for the purpose of proper verification among other relevant information it is imperative that you supply us with the following information also my entire household will be glad if you can visit us after this donation get to you.

1. Your Full Name. …………………. 2. Your Complete Address. ……. 3. Age………………………..
4. Direct Telephone Number……………. 5. Marital Status…………………………………… 6. Present Occupation…………
7. E-mail :…………………………………………………………….

May the Good lord bless your heart to be a blessing to your family and your society
as soon as this donation gets to you.
contact me directly through this email

Rev. Catherine Jonas

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