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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: "sarah hedgar" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 14:37:58 +0000
Subject: The Lord's Will ..................

Dearest in christ,
With a warm heart I offer my friendship and greetings, hoping this mail
meets you in a good time.
However strange or surprising this contact might seem to you as we have not
met personally or had any dealings in the past.I humbly ask that you take
due consideration of its importance and immense benefit. I duly apologize
for infringing on your privacy, if this contact is not acceptable to you, as
I make this proposal to you as a person of integrity.
I am Sarah Edgar now a retired oil merchant, I am a patient here in Amc
health centre,I am dying of bone and skin cancer, after been diagnosed of
this ailment, the doctor says i have a
short time to live that it is by miracle that i'm still alive .
I am a native of Holland i have no kids my hubby is dead i do not have any
relations but been directed by the LORD to inform you of his will to have
you as his servant .
I have contacted you as someone that can be trusted to use my fund for the
lords purpose and his children.
After i lost my husband i sold all my property and kept the funds i realised
from it in a security company for safe keeping.
During this period i prayed to the lord and he revealed to me that i should
seek an individual who will use this funds to glorify his name and he also
revealed to me that i will find the person
in a miraculous way.when i got your contact the spirit revealed to me that
you are the one i've long been seeking.
But knowing that if anything happens to me this wealth will be impounded by
the security company. After i prayed about the whole issue and cried for so
long he gave me a vision of faith in my dream and when i woke up i had my
bible by my side opened to Leviticus 5:15 : which says "If any one commits a
breach of faith and sins unwittingly in any of the holy things
of the LORD or defy the lord's command , he shall bring, as his guilt
offering to the LORD a ram without blemish out of the flock, value by you
in shekels of silver, according to the shekel of the sanctuary; it is a
guilt offering.i prayed to the LORD to put me through to the right
path, Who then led me to you in a miraculous way.
I have contacted you to assist in using my wealth for the development of his
kingdom work, i want us to act fast and have this funds out of the security
company before they get confiscated or
declared unserviceable by the Security Company.
I seek your consent to present you as my next of that the proceeds of
this consignment valued at 8.5 million dollars be paid to you for the lords
purpose and then you can use the money
to glorify the lord.
I have all necessary informations that can be used to back up any claim we
may make. All I require is your honest co-operation to see us through. I
guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement of my
attorney who will protect you from any breach of law.Please get in
touch with Father Robert Kite by email for further enlightment about this
dealing. Faith,Honesty and Trust is our watch word.
Your rapid response is of high request as this will let us know if you are
really interested in making the lords will for his children come to reality.
Remain Blessed.
In His Service

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