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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: bobo simith <>
Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2006 05:03:31 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: GODS WORK

Dear in Christ,

Thanks for your response and your willingness to
this great call of God to do His work. I am Mr. bobo simith
Force Commander during the late President
Charles Taylor's regime. I’m married to a lovely wife
and three children, we all worship in Redeemed
Ministry here in London United Kingdom. I know you are
surprised to receive my mail but remember the Bible
says that the blessings of God comes supernaturally
and it is through Divine favour.

After i received instruction from God to use these
funds to do His work, i prayed to God for direction
and he has been directing me. I told God that i want a
ministry, an honest spirit filled man who will use the
funds for things that will glorify His name. I took
interest in your ministry, fasted and prayed over it
and the spirit of God directed me to sow in your

This revelation came after my conversion from a
Muslim to a Christian. I received Christ and i found
out that a sinner has no place in the kingdom of God.
I never had rest of mind, i seeked God for forgiveness
and he revealed to me that i will only have rest of
mind if i serve him with all my wealth and he will
bless me mightily.

It was when i received Christ that i realized the
meaning of going to heaven. I need to make heaven, i
don’t want to perish in hell fire. As my level of
Christianity was increasing, i understood that the
wealth of sinners are acquired for the just. God
opened my eyes to the book of Ecclesiastes 6,verses 1
& 2. Read this scripture and you will understand that
there are people in this world that God gave the grace
to acquire wealth yet God did not give them the grace
to enjoy the wealth. I happened to fall into the same
category now it is the wish of God.

When God revealed to me to use my wealth to do his
work, i understood that God was testing me like He
tested Abraham and other men of God. Abraham needed a
child and God asked him to use his only son for
sacrifice, Abraham was faithful. he obeyed and God
made him father of many nations. I have decided to sow
70% out of the total sum into your ministry, the
remaining 30% i will invest into any Christian related
business in your country.

This fund, ($10,million us) is in security company in
Amsterdam. This security company, that helps in the
shipment of valuable goods out of the country through
a Diplomatic means, hereby delivering funds packaged
in Consignment and delivered to the recipient. I would
have used a wire transfer but due to a memo set by the
finance minister to the central bank of Liberia to
forward all foreign payment file to his office for
vetting, this you will agree with me will not favour
us that was why i chose to use this diplomatic,
process to send this funds out of the country in
order to avoid unnecessary questions or raising of eye
brows either from my Govt or from your own Government.

Beloved, I will need you to immediately send me the
particulars i will request from you. Your full name,
your full address, your telephone and fax numbers so
that i will start up all the necessary process on how
the funds will get to you. I will like you to call me
on this number as soon as possible. +447040130178

I will await to hear from you and if you send your
number as well I try to keep in touch.

Remain blessed.

Brother bobo simith

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