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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: Kateline Lowe <>
Date: 17 Apr 2020 19:29:48 -0600


Greetings, Please let this not sound stranged to you because my only surviving lawyer who would have done this died Early this year.I got your email I.D from your country's guestbook online.

I'm Mrs. Kateline J. Lowe from Ireland and presently am hospitalized because I am suffering from cancer of the breast. from all indication my conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that, according to my doctors they have advised me that I may not survive it, because the cancer stage has gotten to me a very bad stage.

Since the death of my husband I decided not to re-marry, I sold all my belongings and deposited all the sum of USD37.6Million Dollars with International Monetary Funds Bank in United States.

Presently,I am in India and this money is still with International Monetary Funds Bank, the management just wrote me as the beneficiary to come forward to receive the funds for keeping it so long or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf, before they get it confiscated.

Am always with my laptop in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for the cancer in India. I have since lost my ability to talk.

It is my last wish to see that this money is invested to any organization like charities organization and the poor or motherless babies home.

I Hope you are a God fearing person, also use this money to fund orphanages and widows.

As soon as I receive your respond I will issue you a letter of authorization to contact the International Monetary Funds Bank.

Hear is my private email:(

Hoping to hear from you

Mrs. Kateline J. Lowe

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