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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: "eccleston abraham" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 16:43:41 +0000

Dear Beloved in Christ,

It is by the grace of God that I received Christ, knowing the truth and the
truth has 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 have the pleasure to share my testimony with you, having seen your contact
from the Internet. I am Barrister Abraham Eccleston, the legal adviser to
late Mr.and Mrs. Bright Williams,a British couple that lived in my Country
Nigeria for 25 years before they both died in a plane crash late last year.
These couples were good Christians, they where 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.Bright Williams, instructed me to write his WILL. Because
they had no child, they dedicated their wealth to God. According to the
WILL, the properties have to be sold and the money be given out to a
ministry for the work of God. As their legal adviser, all the documents for
the properties were in my care. He gave me the authority to sell the
properties and give out the fund to the Ministries for the work of God.
In short, I sold all the properties after their death,as instructed by
Mr.Bright Williams, before his death.

And as a matter of fact, after I sold all their properties, I realized more
than $120,000,000.00(one hundred and twenty Million US dollars plus), and
what supposed to be the percentage interest of my right legal fee was
firstly deducted by me out of the total amount realized from the sold
properties, this was base on the initial agreement between me and the owner
of the properties before his death.

Therefore the total amount left to be invested into God's work as instructed
by the owner, is US$115,000,000 MILLION only.
But Instead of giving the main fund out for the work of God as instructed to
me by the owner before his death. I converted the fund to myself with the
intention of investing the fund abroad for my personal use.
I had encounter with Christ when Pastor Benny Hinn was preaching on
television concerning Ananias and Saphira in Acts 5:1-11. After hearing the
word of God, I gave my life to Christ and became a born again Christian.
As a born again Christian, I have asked God for forgiveness and I know that
God have forgiven me. But I have to do what is lawful and right in the sight
of God by giving out the fund to the chosen ministry/individual
organisationfor the
purpose of God's work as instructed by the owner before his death.
I then came across your address on the Internet as I was browsing through a
Christian site, and as a matter of fact, it is not only you or your
that I picked on the internet/site initially, but after my fervent prayer
over it, you were nominated to me through divine revelation from God, so
these are how I received such a divine revelation from the Lord, 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 bank where I deposited the fund that I am moving the
fund abroad and the finance company has since been waiting for my authority
for the fund to leave my country to abroad.

if you know that you will use this fund honestly and wisely for things that
will glorify God's name.I will want you to send to me on your return email
the following information for the transfer in your favour.

1. Your full name and complete contact address.

2. Your Private telephone and fax number (urgent).

3. Your date of birth (Age)

4.Your occupation.

Your prompt response will be highly appreciated.

Your brother in Christ,
Barrister Abraham Eccleston.


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