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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Beloved" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 20.37.58 +0200
Subject: Re : Your prompt response will be highly appreciated

Dear Beloved,

It is a privileged to hear from God and it gives me
joy to relate my testimony to you having received
instruction from God through divine revelation. And I
have the pleasure to share my testimony with you,
having seen your contact from the Internet. I am Mr.
Mike Allen. the legal adviser to late Mr/Mrs.Zeven
Smith from Italy,couple that lived in my country
United Kindon for 32 years before they both died in
the plane crash late last year.These couples were good
Christians,they were so dedicated to God but they had
no child till they died.Throughout their stay in my
country, they acquired a lot of properties like lands,
house properties, etc.

As their legal adviser, before their death, the
husband Mr.Zeven, instructed me to write his WILL
because they had no child, they dedicated their wealth
to God. According to the WILL,he gave me the legal
power to sell the properties and give out the fund to
the Charity organisations or Church Ministries for the
work of God. After their death, I sold all the
properties as instructed and I was able to realized
$20M, Instead of giving the fund out for the work of
God as instructed by the owner before his death,I
converted the fund to myself with the selfish
intention of investing the fund abroad for my personal

I was afraid of putting the fund in the Bank account
here in London,because I have to give account to the
bank on how I got the money.I then packaged the fund
in a trunk boxes and deposited the trunk boxes with a
security company. I did not want the management of the
Security Company to know the content of the trunk
boxes, therefore I registered the content of the trunk
boxes as Gold Bars. Now, the security company believes
that what I deposited with them was Gold Bars.I had
encounter with Christ when a divine Pastor was
preaching the word of God on television. After hearing
the word of God,I got a touch and gave my life to
Christ and became a born again Christian. As a born
again Christian, I discovered that the only way I
could have peace in my life is to do what is lawful
and right by giving out the fund as instructed for the
work of God,I know that God have forgiven me. But I
have to do what is lawful and right in his sight by
giving out the fund to the Charity organisation and
chosen ministry for the purpose of God's work as
instructed by the owner before his death.

After my weekly fasting and prayers, I asked God to
make his choice and direct me to a honest Christian or
the chosen ministries that deserves this fund by his
Grace. I then came across your address on the Internet
as I was browsing through a Christian site, so this is
how I got your contact information,and I then decided
to contact you for the fund to be used wisely for
things that will glorify the name of God. I have
notified the Security Company where I deposited the
trunk boxes that I to move the boxes abroad and the
security company has since been waiting for my
instruction for the boxes to leave my country to any
of their clearing centre closer to you.So if you know
that you will use this fund honestly for things that
will glorify God's name, then do urgently contact me
first through my private email address only and the
details will be given to you on how you will be able
to receive the fund through the security company.You
should also forward to me your telephone and fax
number for easy communication.

Your prompt response will be highly appreciated,

Yours in Christ.
Mike Allen

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