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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: "Mrs. Saud Karunakaran" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2021 19:25:27 -0000
Subject: Please Endeavour To Use It To Help The Needy


My Name is Mrs. Saud Karunakaran Govindasamy from Malaysia. I am married to Dr. Karunakaran GOVINDASAMY who worked with Malaysia embassy in Ghana for nine years before he died in the year 2019. We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days.

Before his death we were both born again Christians. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home, which the Bible is against. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $12 Million (Twelve Million U.S.Dollars) with the Bank. Presently, his money is still under the safe keeping of the Bank.

Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to my cancer problems. Though what disturbs me most is my stroke. Having known my condition, I decided to donate this fund to an organization or better still a God fearing individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein .

I want a fellow that will use this fund on, orphanages and homeless people. The word of God made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians and I don't want my husband's hard earned money to be misused. I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner. Hence the reasons for taking this bold decision.

I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the blossom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace. I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health and as well because of the presence of my husband's relatives around me always.

I don't want them to know about this development. With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I will forward
your personal information to our bank legal officer so that he will change your name as the legal Beneficiary to inherit the fund.

Send me your name, address, telephone number, a copy of your valid ID to enable me prepare power of attorney in your name, so that you will have the legal backup to contact the bank for claim. I want you and your family to always pray for me because the lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived worthy life as a God fearing person. 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 herein. Hoping to hear from you as soon as possible. Remain blessed in the name of God the most High. Please reply to this Email:

My Very Best Regards,
Mrs. Suad Karunakaran Govindasamy

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