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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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Please note about this email:

Fraud email example:

Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 19:47:58 +0000

Beloved In Christ.
                       PLEASE ENDEAVOUR TO USE IT FOR GOD.
Calvary greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I am SANDRA LAWRENCE. A widow to Late SMITH LAWRENCE. I am 57 years old; I am devoted bron again christain, suffering from long time cancer of the Lungs.From all indications, my condition is really deteriorating and is quite obvious that I may not live more than six months, because the cancer stage has gotten to a very severe stage.My late husband died of natural cause, and during the period of our marriage we had a son who died in an auto crash. My late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited all his business and wealth. My personal physician told me that I may not live for more than six months and I am so scared about this. So, I now decided to divide part of this wealth, by contributing to the development of evangelism in Africa, America, Europe and Asian Countries.I selected you after visiting your country address directory for this purpose and prayed over it, I am willing to donate the sum of $6,000,000.00 Million US Dollars to the motherless baby homes, needy, poor, charity homes and widows too.Please note that, this fund is deposited in the security company therefore my lawyer will file an immediate application for the transfer of the money in the name of your ministry. Please, do not reply me if you have the intention of using this fund for personal use other than enhancement of evangelism.Lastly, I want you to be praying for me as regards my entire life and my health because I have come to find out since my spiritual birth lately that wealth acquisition without Jesus Christ in one's life is vanity upon vanity.If you have to die says the Lord, keep fit and I will give you the crown of life. May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you now and forever more Amen.
Note : Due to my failing health i would be unable to respond to email promptly from my personal email address you should endeavour to contact the lawyer in charge because i have already handed over all proceeds to the lawyer who will immediately file out the funds for you on my behalf,below is the lawyer contact.
Name : Peter Alfred
Email :

Yours in Christ

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