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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 moyo" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 01:18:33 +0000
Subject: From: Mrs Stella Moyo,

From: Mrs Stella Moyo,

I am the above named person from London. I am married to Dr.Harry Moyo who
worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in
the year 2004.We were married for eleven years without a child. He died
after 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 89 Million Dollars (Eighty Nine
Million United State Dollars) with one finance/security company in
Amsterderm Holland.

Presently, this money is still with the Security Company. Recently, my
Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to cancer
problem.Though what disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having known my
condition I decided to donate this fund to church or better still a
christian individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to
instruct here in. I want a church that will use this funds to fund churches,
orphanages and widows propagating the word of God and to ensure that the
house of God is maintained. The Bible 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
reason 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 bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says
that the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace. I don't need any
telephone communication in this regard because of my health because of the
presence of my husband's relatives around me always. I don't want them to
know about this development.

With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall
give you the contact of the
Finance/Security Company in Amsterderm Holland. I will also issue you a
letter of authority that will prove you as the original- beneficiary of this
funds. I want you and the church to always pray for me because the lord is
my shephard. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian.
Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and truth.
Please always be prayerful all through your life. Any delay in your reply
will give me room in sourcing for a church or christian individual for this
same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated
herein. Hoping to hearing from you. Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.

Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Stella Moyo


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