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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 Anita Shumejda <>
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2022 03:05:29 -0700
Subject: Dear Beloved In Christ,

Dear Beloved In Christ,

Please accept my sincere apologizes if my email does not meet your
business or personal ethics,It is by the grace of God that I received
Christ,knowing the truth and the truth have set me free.Having known
the truth I had no choice than to do what is lawful and right in the
sight of God for eternal life and in the sight of man for witness of
God´s mercy and glory upon my life.

I am Mrs Anita Shumejda from Atlanta,GA,United States,.I am married to
late Mr.John Shumejda who was the President of agricultural equipment
giant.AGCO Corp, who perished on the 4th of January 2002 in a plane
crash in Birmingham. Please View the Website below:

We were married for twenty-seven years without a child,Since his death
I decided not to re-marry.When my late husband was alive he deposited
the sum of ($850,000) thousand US.Dollars)with a bank in the Texas
here and now the management of the bank have just wrote me to come
forward to receive the money or rather issue a letter of authorization
to somebody to receive it on my behalf if I can not come over.

I am presently with my laptop in a hospital where I have been
undergoing treatment of the lungs, I have since lost my ability to
talk and my doctors have told me that I have only a few months to
live.It is my last wish to see that this money is invested and at the
end of every year distributed among charity organization.
And for your compensation, as soon as the money enters your account
take 25% of the total money, 5% for any expenses while 70% will be for
the work of GOD.

I took this decision because i know that there are a lot of poor
people suffering from different kind of disease and nobody to come to
their aid.With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your
reply I shall give you the contact of the bank were the money is been
deposit .I will also issue you a letter of authority and certificate
of claim that will prove you as the new
beneficiary of this fund.

Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated here.
I await your urgent reply.

My email contact is (
Yours in Christ,
Mrs Anita Shumejda

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