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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: Suzan Catim <>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2021 14:12:45 +0200
Subject: yours sister in Christ.

Hello Dear.
How are you and your family? I am Mrs.Suzan Catim from Solomon Islands. Iam
married to Mr. Philip Catim who worked with our Embassy in Ivory Coast for
nine years before he died 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 Christian. Since his death I decided not to
remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is
against. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $6,500,000
million united. State dollars. With a security company firm here.
Now, I want you to do me a favour to receive this fund there in your
country or any safer place. Base on my health condition, my Doctor told me
that Iwould not last for the next Eight months due to cancer problem.Having
known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a church, organization
or good person that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct
herein. I want a church, organization or good person that will use this
money for orphanages, widows and other people including one of the nurses
that God has used mightily in taking care of me. And in the course of her
help to my life, she has lost her job. It will be my almost desire to see
even though that I did not make it, let this very young girl have a cost to
full fill her future.Also this my dream to be accomplished.

I will like to let you know that i have paid for all the accumulative bills
for this. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated
herein. Hoping to receive your response immediately.
Thanks and Remain blessed in the Lord.
l remain yours sister in Christ.
Mrs.Suzan Catim

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