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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: Madm Judith Smith <>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2005 05:00:43 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: I am waiting

From mrs Judith Smith.

Dear ,are you a GOD fearing man or are you in full time ministerial work? is your ministry into humaniterian activities? Then this mail is for you.Let me hasten to introduce myself as Mrs Judith Smith, from Dubai (U.A.E) I'm married to
Mr.Bashir Smith of same nationality who until his death was a timber export marchant here in the republic of Togo. It's a sorrowful thing to say that he died in a fatal motor accident alongside with our only son on the 19th of may 2003, while cominig back from a prayer meeting. (God knows best).

When my husband was alive, He deposited his life's savings (u.s $18.3 million) with a security company here in the republic of Togo,with my name as the next of kin as God may have it, recently i was diagonised of liver cancer, and the doctors said i have just six months to live, i am presently at admission a hospital here in Togo.In view of my condition, and the fact
that i have nobody to leave this money behind for, with the exception of my husband people who are not Christains, i decided to donate this money to either to a born again christian or a living Church or a humaniterian organization that will use this money in propagating the good massage of God and also taking
care of the orphans,widows, and the needy generally.(prov.19:17 ). By so doing, i would have succeded in immortalising the names of my late Husband and my only Son.

Beloved,though i am sick and dying, i am not afraid of death because i know were i am going.My soul has found a resting place in the bossom of the lord.As soon as i receive your reply, i will give you the contact of the security company and all the legal documents that would warrant the change of ownership. Please understand that this massage requires urgency as my
ill-health demands, any delay in your response will give me room to contact other person,i also want an assurance that you will use this money for the purpose i have stated here.Hope to hear from you.

N.B:The money was deposited in a trunk box by my late husband as a family treasure and the security company did not know its contents.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.(Galatians 6vs.9).

Remain blessed,
Judith Smith.

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