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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: "sunny james" <>
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 14:45:49 +0100
Subject: BE HONEST

Dear Beloved in Christ,
The time has come for Christians to worship God in spirit and in truth
according to the book of John chapter 4:vs23-24.``But the hour cometh and
now is when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in
truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him . God is a spirit, and
they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth``.Based on
this scripture, it became obvious that I should do the right thing if I must
enter into the kingdom of God.

I am Mr. Sunny James, the legal adviser to late Mr. Henry & Doris
Williams, a God fearing and dedicated Christian here in Nigeria They were
very wealthy but had no child. This couple lost their live on 24TH
APRIL,2005: during the AUTO CRASH. As their legal adviser, before their
death, the husband Mr. Henry Williams instructed me to write his
WILL,because they had no child, he dedicated their wealth to God. They had a
lot of landed properties houses, Stocks/bonds, etc. According to their
instruction,I have sold all these properties and realize $25,000,000.00
USD(Twenty five million US Dollars).

These properties was bought by a good Christian,whopleaded that I should not
disclose his identity. He paid cash, the cash was packaged sealed in a trunk
box and deposited as Gold bars for security reasons the trunk box is
presently deposited with asecurity company within Europe which will be
disclosed to you as we proceed.According to the WILL, their assets should be
given out to a ministryfor the work of God. As their legal adviser, all the
documents for the fund that are deposited with the security company are in
my care.

As a born again Christian , I have been reading my bible and I have to do
what is lawful and right in the sight of God by giving out the fund to the
chosen ministry for the purpose of God's work as instructed by the owners
before there death. After my fasting and prayers Today, I asked God to make
his choice and direct me to an honest Christian or the chosen ministry that
deserves this fund by his Grace. I then came across your address on the
Internet as I was browsing I appeal to you to use the fund wisely for things
that will glorify the name of God. I have just notified the Security Company
where they deposited the consignments that contained the fund, that I am
moving the consignment abroad, and the security company is awaiting my
instruction to move the consignment outof United Kingdom.

Dear Beloved in Christ,if you know that you will use this fund honestly and
wisely for things that will glorify God's name, please pray over itand
respond immediately. To proceed with the work of God and have thetrunk box
moved to your destination,I will need your full names and address.Your
telephone and fax numbers will be highly appreciated for good communication.


May God bless you as you make up your mind to work for God.
Barrister. Sunny James.

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