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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: "Mrs.Angelina Ebony Dazza" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 15:50:14 +0400
Subject: Help To Extend Alms To The Needy Ones.

Hello My Dear,
Please forgive my indignation if this message comes to you as a
surprise I got your contact from a database found in internet while
searching for a reliable and honest person that will assist us receive a fund
intoan account.I was divinely inspired to pick your name among other names
found in the Internet database. After series of prayers and fasting
for Gods direction.
I am Mrs.Angelina Ebony Dazza a citizen of Columbia undergoing
currently medical treatment. I am married to Dr. Dazza Lamin who worked
with the Malaysia Embassy in South Africa for nine years before he died in
the year 2000. We were married for eleven years without a child.He died
a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death we
were both born again Christians. Since his death I decided not to re-marry
or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against.
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $15 Million
(Fifteen million U.S.Dollars) with a finance/security company in ASIA.The money
is inside one trunk boxes, but nobody knew that the boxes contained money
apart from me and my late husband, the boxes was deposited as Photographic
Materials. Presently, this money is still with the Security Company.
Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not live for the next three months
due to my cancer problem. Though what disturbs me most is my disability
to move around which is a partial paralysis. Having known my condition
I decided to donate this fund to a church or a mosque or better still a
Christian or a Moslem individual that will utilize this money the way I am going
to instruct herein. I want a church or Mosque or the individual
beneficiary that will inherit this to use it for churches or Mosque orphanages and
widows propagating the word of God and to ensure that the house of God is
beautified.They said blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because
I do not have any child that will inherit this money and my husband's
relatives are not Christians and I don't want my husband's hard earned money to
be mis-used by unbelievers. I do not want a situation where this money
will be used in an ungodly manner,hence the reason for taking this bold
decision.I am not afraid of death because I know where I am going. I know that I
am going to be in the bossom of my Saviour.
If you feel you are worthy enough to make yourself available in this
project, let me know immediately you read my mail. GOD will surely provide for
you the power and strenght to accomplish this. All things work together for
good for those who love GOD. Waiting for your urgent response. I do not
need any telephone conversation in this regard because of my health,and
because of the presence of my husband?s relatives who are always around
me. I do not want them to know about this development.

Thank you and God bless.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs.Angelina Ebony Lamin.

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