Mrs. Praise Uwaoma says: "Man Proposes and God Disposes"
Hello, I am Miss Young. I received this story from a friend. Let me call her Sandy. Go to the homepage to see more stories.
To: missyoung
Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Subject: Picture of "Ken O. John"

Dear Miss Young,
I have fallen victim to one of the awful internet scammers. I found your site in researching help / resources and came across the picture I was sent by the scammer. The scammer was actually a woman ( working with a male "lawyer" ), "Mrs Praise Uwaoma", saying she wanted to donate money for the work of God, distributing for orphanges and widows since she never had a child. Being a Christian woman and starting a ministry reaching out to women, I actually thought it was sincere and it was really God's doing. How could I be so naive??
Anyway, the picture I was sent was the one of your "Ken O. John" & wife dressed in gold African attire. I was also sent a picture of "Mrs Praise's" wound from colon cancer!!
Unfortunately, I did give them my personal information, but I caught it in time to NOT send money. I am taking the necessary steps for potential ID theft. Any suggestions?
This is great work you are doing. I didn't know this Nigerian 419 was so big. Thank you, on behalf of many, many internet users.
God Bless,



This was the initial email I received.

Praise From: "MRS PRAISE UWAOMA" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2006

From: Mrs. Praise Uwaoma
PLEASE ENDEAVOUR TO USE IT FOR THE CHILDREN OF GOD.I am the above name person from Sierra-Leone. I am married to Dr Theophilus Uwaoma who worked
with Sierra Leonian Embassy in South Africa for nine years before he died
in the year 2001. 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 and we lived happilly. Since his death,
I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which
the Bible is really against.
When my late husband was alive he secured $15Million (Fifteen Million U.S.
Dollars) with financial institution here in Cote D'Ivoire. Presently, this
money is still with the financial institution. Recently, my Doctor told
me that from all the test conducted on my health, I am not going to last
long, expecially, due to my cancer and stroke. But what disturbs
me most now is stroke.
Having known my condition, I decided to donate this fund to churches or
Christian individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to
instruct. I want a church or individual that will use this money to fund
churches, Orphanages and Widows. Also, the propagation of the work of God,
building and maintaining the house of God through this money, is very important.
The Bible 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. I don?t want my husband's
hard earned money to be misused by unbelievers, for their own selfish interest and in an ungodly manner. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bossom 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 because of the presence of my husband's relatives around me sometimes. I don't want them to know about this development, but I know that With God all things are possible.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Financial institution in Ivory coast. I will also give you all information regarding the deposit of this money. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will empower you as the original- beneficiary of this fund. I want you and your church to always pray for me because God work in misterious ways. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Who ever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life.
Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for a church or christian individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein. Hoping to hear from you soon.
Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs Praise Uwaoma
Sandy This email was the one that got me.  
Praise Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2006
From: Uwaoma Mrs Praise <>
Subject: From Mrs Praise Kindly, respond through this mail address for my easy accessing.

Beloved In Christ Sandy,

Love and Greetings to you in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you very much for your mail which I received with thanks. Thank you also for your sincerity in this matter. I want you to devote yourself for this mission, to the Glory of our God in heaven. There is no special process on this matter, as much as you can co-operate with me. I will be very interested for this fund to be released to you for Gods work as much as you keep to your sincerity in this matter. I am rest asured that through you on this fund, God will save many souls and build Kingdom for himself, to his own Glory ( Amen ). There is no specific church for this money to be used in. Motherless Homes and also the less priviledged ones.  Beloved Sandy,  I have no doubt that you will  handle this mission effectively. As soon as you receive this money in your bank account, I will want you to withdraw money from it and come down here to take me with you to your Country where I shall be treated and where I will mornitor the Use of this money by His Grace. May God help you in Jesus Name.

May you never run short of the glory of GOD. As you should be aware, it is very important that you visit me here in Abidjan if not before, at the completetion of this matter, immediately this matter is completed. This is very important to note please, as that will give us more opportunity to discuss more about the use of this money and probably my trip to your country where I shall be treated.

As a Christian the first thing I did before contacting you was to deny the devil, despart my condition I went into fasting and praying, After that, it occured to me to write you after all the contacts before me. I hope that you will not betray this confidence I am about building on you. I therefore want your maximum co-operation in this regard so that we can work hand in hand to make this objective a success.

I want you to be honest and work with me on this as I STAND in AGREEMENT with you in the prescence of God Almighty. So you are free to come down for us to see face to face, if you wish.  I pray that God will keep me alive until then.

Let me quickly tell you little about myself for I still hope that we shall someday sit down, discuss and digest my life experience by the special grace of God. I come from this part of Africa where a barren woman is treated and regarded as evil. My late husband and I were living happily till death struck him and his brother's decended on me and took all his belongings and are even after me up till now. But this deposit remains the only thing that my husband confided in me outside them.

My husband left South Africa where he was working, to Sierra-Leone and was actually killed by his peolpe who wanted nothing but his wealth. I did not see his corpse before burial as they have succeded in burrying him before I came home. They surrounded me and even accused me of killing my husband and took everything from me and I was rejected. THIS IS JUST THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER. Then I made this decision that instead of giving this fund to them for their selfish use, that I am going to release this fund for the work and the glory of God.

Again I will want you to always remember me in your daily prayers over my condition. I know that doctors has proposed but my faith tells me that God surely will intervane .But even if death should come now nobody will lay claim over this money, automatically the financial institution will claim it. Therefore, I will appreciate your effort in this matter to be a little bit faster. As for death, I will have nothing to regret for I have accepted Christ and He knows every thing about my life. Please, I do not expect any delay from you as my health condition cannot be predicted.

As I told you on my last mail, this money ( 15 Million Dollars ) is secured in a Bank here in Abidjan COTE D'IVOIRE by my husband before his death. I have visited the Bank after my arrival in Abidjan, and confirm the deposit of this money by my husband. Meanwhile, the Bank Officials after my proper introduction, have presented to me all relevant documents, covering the deposit of this money by my husband. They have also told me that I have NO DIRECT ACCESS to this money because, my Late Husband deposited this money into a Suspense Fixed Account, and no name was given to the bank as the beneficiary. They are therefore asking me as the wife to the depositor, to foward to them the Beneficiary of this money before any transfer is made from this money

I have told the the bank that the Beneficiary will be contacting them soonest for the release of this money. I have released this to you due to my confidence in you. Please do contact and work with my lawyer as he has been in direct communication with the bank.

I want you to contact for now, the Lawyer I have contacted for this matter on telephone so that he can give you more details on this. The name of the Chamber is CAPITAL CHAMBERS ABIDJAN COTE D'IVOIRE, and the name of the Lawyer is Barrister Gregg Ndlovu. Telephone / 0022508724887 E-mail:
Call the Hospital where I am for now so we can talk further on this matter. The name of the Hospital is Apex Medical Centre Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire. The name of the doctor is Dr Gideon Uduh and their telephone line is 0022507936137. Please I will be waiting for your call. Just call and tell them that you want to speak with Mrs Praise, One of their patients in Ward A. God Bless you.
Thank you very much and may God bless you abundantly.

Sincerely yours,


Kindly, respond through this mail address for my easy accessing.

Attached is the last photo I took with my husband now late, Also with it is the colon cancer test that I am suffering from.


Stoma Wound with text and smaller

Sandy After the second email, I actually called her. She was very nice and again, preyed on my faith. Then I called the "lawyer".  
Mr Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2006
From: Barr Gregg Ndlovuh <>
Subject: Based on our telephone conversation

                     COTE D'IVOIRE
                Tel /  0022508724887
Attn: Sandy,
I have received your telephone call and a corresponding message in accordance with the information given to me by one of my clients, Mrs Praise.  She have already told me that you will be contacting me in respect of her matter. Actually her matter is a very serious one as it involved transfer of huge sum of money into your bank account. According to her, she want this fund used on missionary project through you. She have also told me to ensure that I communicate with you alone in this matter until this fund is released.  In the other hand, it is a donation to be used specifically on the work of God. I don't know how far you have been communicating with her but I have been told that you will be the only one to co-ordinate this project and ensure that this fund is used specifically under her wishes. My duty here as a legal consultant is to see that this fund is transferred successfully to you according to her instructions. After the transfer of this fund to you, she have told me that I will draft a Document stating examples of the Organizations where she want this fund be put into. Otherwise, there is no specific area mentioned only that she wants the fund  used on work of God. I see this woman as a very strong christain mother because her willingness to take this step even on her sick bed proves this.
Based on this, I will expect your maximum co-operation so that this matter can be finalized within a shortest period of time. She is very sick in one hospital here in Abidjan recieving some treatment and she is expecting this fund transferred immediately to you so that she can be taking to a better hospital for better treatment hence she is not receiving better treatment where she is right now.
This fund is deposited in Ecobank Abidjan by her late husband. The money is in United States Dollars denomination, contained inside a container. The consignment containing this fund was deposited into the Vault department of the bank by the depositor and not into any bank account. I believed that this was done by the late depositor because he never wanted to convert this money into local currency here as he was  not ready for the transfer, then.  I have contacted the bank and the bank have first confirm the deposit of this fund by her late husband, and have also told me that before this fund is transferred, they will Officially recognize the ( NOW BENEFICIARY ) of this fund as given by the family to the late depositor and then release the container to him/her before any transfer procedure takes place. The bank have told me that they do not have any legal right to transfer this fund from where it is now until the consignment is Officially released to the beneficiary whom they will legally approve. They have added that before this container is released to this new Beneficiary, they will need to transfer all the documents of this fund on the name of the late depositor to the name of this new beneficiary as given by the family to the depositor of this fund. This is to say that the bank will need to transfer all the Original Documents of this fund to your name before the release of this consignment to you. To this regard, the  bank have demended for an Approval from the governement of Cote D'Ivoire stating this change, so as to ensure that you are the rightful person as produced by the Family. Once this approval is received from the Governement on your behalf, the bank will Officially recognize you as the rightful beneficiary of this fund, and then release this fund to you for transfer into your bank account.
This process is not expected to take any time through your maximum co-operation.
I will be contacting the Ministry Of Finance Cote D'Ivoire immediately to get more details on how we can get this approval. Send to me by email immediately the below information as they are the requirement from the bank to process the documents:
1.YOUR FULL NAME (As contained in your Passport or any of your ID Documents)
4. ANY OF YOUR ID NUMBER (Internation Passport, Driving licence, working ID etc)
5. CONTACT DETAILS ( Direct telephone number, fax, email etc )
6. NEXT OF KIN ( Beneficiary on your Absent )
The above requirement is needed because, all the documents of this fund will be transferred under your name  for the release of this fund to you.
I will want you to contact me on telephone through the above telephone number in confirmation of this message as I am working now on this file to see that this fund is transferred without any delay due to the present health condition of my client.
I wait to hear from you.
Yours At Law,
Barrister Gregg Ndlovu
Sandy So, I called after getting this email. I also send a scanned copy of my driver's license, I do not have an international passport.  
Mr Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2006
From: Barr Gregg Ndlovuh <>

                     COTE D'IVOIRE
                Tel /  0022508724887
Attn: Sandy,
Based on our telephone conversation, I have received your full details as requested for the processing of the documents on your behalf for the release of this fund to you.
The details you sent to me in enough to commence this process. I have made necessary contact today with your details to the Ministry for the processing of the documents on your name. I have been told that the documentation process will not take much time.  At this point in time, I have been informed that before the documents are issued on your name, there should be an Affidavit Coverage drawn in the Law Court, signed by Mrs Praise and myself as your legal representative. This Affidavit will be also be signed accordingly by the Court, authorizing you to receive this fund from the late depositor. This Affidavit is a linking documents recognising you as the rightful beneficiary of this fund from the late depositor, as such, no other person will have any legal right on this fund after the procurement of this Affidavit on your name. As soon as this Affidavit Document is issued in the Court, other related transfer documents will follow-up according from the Ministry of Finance for the approval of the release of this fund. The importance of this documents is to ensure that no other person will have any access to this money except you or through your instructions.
In respect of this Affidavit Documents, you are requested to send to us immediately, a scan copy of your International Passport by email, as it will be attached to this Affidavit for presentation to the bank. Also, we have been notified today that Affidavit on fund coverage, especially on large sum of money like yours with Mrs Praise, normally attract a processing charges for Legal Signing, Official Stamping and other approval. Today, we have been issued an Application Form from the Court to be completed with your details and returned with this processing charges for the processing of this Affidavit. I will complete this Official Form and returne back to the Ministry with the necessary charges for the conclussion of this Affidavit. I have informed Mrs Praise but she is not having any physical cash at hand now to process this Affidavit.
I will want to hear from you immediately so that I can know how to proceed in respect of this Affidavit because it the most important document to be process on this matter.
Try and call me on telephone after getting this message. It is very necessary that we finalize this matter soonest due to the health condition of Mrs Praise.
Have a nice day.
Yours At Law,
Barrister Gregg Ndlovu.
Sandy Then she tries to lay it on a little thicker: "she needs a blood transfusion". I called her to see how she was feeling.  
Praise Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2006
From: Uwaoma Mrs Praise <>

Beloved In Christ Sandy,
I wish to express my joy over your sincerity in this matter, especially on your devotion to use this money on the work of God. All my trust to utilize this money to the Glory of God in Heaven is right now on you. I strongly believe that you are going to carry out this mission with absolute sincerity and our good God will reward you accordingly. My Special greetings goes to your Family, I thank you also for the call and the contact you have made to the lawyer.
I have forwarded your mail again  to the Lawyer for him to start some Legal process regarding the transfer of this money to you. Thank God you have contacted him to enable him obtain all related documents of this money under your name as the Government  here in Cote D'Ivoire have demanded, to enable the smooth transfer of this money to you. The bank said that they want all Legal Documents of this money on the name of the beneficiary before any release is made. The lawyer will see that the bank tranfer this money to any account of your Choice.
I will appreciate more if you  contact the Lawyer Directly on telephone so that you can finalize this with him, as they may not be given quick attention to mails.
My health condition is not getting better. All these mails I'm sending to you is through one of the nurses here in the hospital. The Doctor presently, have told me that I need to pass through Blood Transfussion in a Specialist Hospital. I do not have any cash at hand now to carry out this Blood Transfussion and I dont want to border any soul on this since I have this deposit. I am more worried about this, as I want to be alive and see this money used for Gods Work. I do not expect any delay from you in this matter, because, the more delay in this matter, the more difficulties I face.
My late Husband early intention was for the future of His Kids. Man Proposes and God Disposes. He was doing this believing that God will bless us with Kids someday and His kids will not suffer. But the reverse became the case as we had no child and death took him. Following the ill treatment I received from members of His family for not bearing him child, I decided to use this money for the work of God. As I dont have a child of mine, I want to reach out to other Children out there suffering,also to promote the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus instead of allowing my husbands relatives to use this money for their selfish use.
Contact the Lawyer quickly on telephone as soon as you receive this message. The Lawyer have told me that the Telephone number he gave to me is specially suscribed for his Foreign Clients, due to time differences of countries. Therefore, call the Lawyer any time on that number. The number of the lawyer again is 0022508724887( BARRISTER GREGG NDLOVU )
Still call me through the Hospital line 0022507936137, I am waiting to hear from you. I told you earlier that the name of the Hospital is Apex Medical Centre and the doctor is Dr Gideon Uduh. Please call and ask to speak with Mrs Praise Uwaoma, a patient in Ward A.
God bless you oncemore.
Sandy When I called him the second time, that was when he mentioned the money transfer fee I would have to pay. That's when I started getting suspicious. At first I asked him to fund it, and that he would be reimbursed. I truly did not have the money. Then he said he would see what he could come up with on his end, but for me to try to get $1500.  
Mr Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2006
From: Barr Gregg Ndlovuh <>

                     COTE D'IVOIRE
               Tel /  0022508724887

Attn: Sandy.

Based on our telephone conversation few minutes ago, I wish to inform you that we have almost completed the processing of all the related documents of this fund on your name. As soon as I received the Scan copy you sent. I will proceed to the Court for the final procurments of this Affidavit and other approval on your favour for the release of this fund. I must confess that I am happy as things are moving-on well for you and Mrs Praise.
In respect of the processing fee as requested from the Court as I told you over the telephone, this remains very necessary according to the Court due to the largeness of this fund, in order to ensure full approval of the delivery of this fund to you. This processing fee is not only on the issuance of the Affidavit Documents. Rather, It Covers the following:
( 1 ) Affidavit Warrant
( 2 ) Ownership Approval
( 3 ) Legalization Approval
Information from the Office of the Court via Ministry Of Justice Cote D'Ivoire stated that a Certified Affidavit Clearance Charges is always demanded on funds ranging from $5 MILLION DOLLARS and above in order to avoid any interferrence by any authority on the process of release due to the on-going terrorist attack and money laundering worldwild. Therefore, it remain very necessary that we get this process completed on your behalf for the safety of the delivery of this fund to you. In your case with Mrs Praise, we are applying for documents and approval in respect of $15 Million Dollars. They have told me that an Official Affidavit Clearance Charges of $2,600 should be paid to the Court via Ministry Of Justice Cote D'Ivoire for full authorization and approval of this fund attached with this Affidavit Warrant.
Once this payment is made, they will issue this Affidavit fully on the information you supplied, authorizing you the sole beneficiary of this fund, and we will present them to the bank for approval and release of the fund. This is the only thing remaining in this matter.
I am very happy that I have concluded all necessary steps as requested by the Ministry and they have already approved the issuance of the documents immediately they receive this payment with your details, including a corresponding Official receipt of payment, which they will also give to you after this payment.
I will therefore want you to try your best to send this processing charges through Western Union Money Transfer as it is very fast and effective, so that we can conclude this matter. Do not worry in raising this money because once we get these approvals and documents issued, we are receiving this fund immediately through you and then you can deduct any amount spent before any transfer is done.
Send this processing fee of   $2,600 under my details and I will pick-it up from Western Union Money Transfer Office here in Abidjan and proceed to the Court for the final conclussion of this matter. I have been told that it will take few hours to process and issue these Documants after payment. NOT UP TO 24 HOURS AFTER PAYMENT
Send the money on this information;
Receivers Name:   GREGG  NDLOVU
Address:    01 BP 7456 ABIDJAN 01, ABIDJAN COTE D`IVOIRE.
Send me the details of the payment immediately you send this money.
I wait to hear from you quickly as I am doing my very best to conclude this matter due to the present health condition of Mrs Praise.
Waiting to hear from you.
Yours At Law,
Barrister Gregg Ndlovu
Sandy This is the "appication form" filled out on my behalf. Thought you might like to see.  
Mr Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2006
From: Barr Gregg Ndlovuh <>
Subject: Scan Copy of the Application Form issued today by the Court

Attn: Sandy
I hereby attched copy of the Form received today from the Court on your behalf.
Contact me in confirmation of this message and the othger message sent to you.
Barrister Gregg Ndlovu
Sandy After I found out it was a scam, I called her to "tell her the good news about the money I had borrowed." When I called the "hospital", the LAWYER answered the phone! He tried to cover up saying I must have dialed his number on accident. I played along. That was Monday evening. Then she called me Tuesday morning, and he called me also to find out when I was going to send the money. I told him I would send it in 2 hours. Then last night I called her back, telling her not to contact me anymore, she won't get a dime from me, and may God have mercy on her soul.
Praise Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2006
From: Uwaoma Mrs Praise <>

Beloved Sister In Christ,
I thank God for His grace to see the light of today. Hope you share thesame grace today. Glory be to God.
I was asked to come and answer your call yesterday but you did not call again. Hope all is well?. I am waiting to hear from you this morning, I am awake for the Almighty God Has done that.
As long as I have the strenght I shall keep writing you until this matter is finalized and I be with you In United States where I shall be taken care of. I thank you all you your prayers and effort in seeing that this Holy mission stands. My lawyer told me that you are rallying round with him to put this matter to rest today. May God bless you. 
I am in pains here but since you came into my life, I started having joy like a river in my heart. The Joy of the Lord is my Strenght. I pray the Grace of God to be sufficient for you  at all times.
In Prayer.
Mrs Praise
End of story.

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