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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: "JOY ANU" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2005 01:27:00 +0100
Subject: FROM Mrs. Joy Anu

Mrs. Joy Anu


I am the above named person from South Africa. I am married to Dr. Kazeem
Anu,who worked with Kuwait embassy in Nigeria for nine years before he died
in the year 2003. We were married for eleven years without a child. He dieafter
a brief illness that lasted for only four days.

Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial
home, which the Holy book is against. When my late husband was alive he
deposited the sum of $12Million (TwelveMillionU.S.Dollars) with a Reserve/
Security company. Presently, this money is still under the safe keeping
of the Reserve /Security company.

Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months
due to my cancer problems. Though what disturbsme 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 here in.

I want a fellow that will use this fund on, orphanages and widows propagatin
the word of God and to ensure that the house of God is maintained. The Holy
book 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 by unbelievers.
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 mypeace. I don?t need any telephone
communication in this regard because of my health and also because of the
presence of my husband?s relatives around me always.

I dont want them to know about this development. With God all things arepossible.
As soon as I receive your reply I will forward your personal information
to my lawyer so that he will start processing of the legal
documents that will make you to be able to make the funds claim before transferring
the fund into your nominated Bank
Account in your country. 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 family to always pray for me because God is been so
good to me. 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
asI stated here in. Once
I hear from you I will give to you a lawyer that I have contacted to take
care of this transaction,Personal contact as to get in touch with him and
know what is required of you, as to be able to do the needed.

Hoping to hear from you as soon as possible.
My Very Best Regards,


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