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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: "Barrister Richard" <>
Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2006 13:26:48 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: RE: Can we help you?

Dear Pastor , I appreciate your quick response, as this goes a long way to say that you are in a position to assist me accomplish this transaction. Well, as I made you to understand in her first proposal to you, she needs your assistance to enable us receive this fund in your bank account instead of it being confiscated by the finance firm were the fund was deposited. However,For your assistance, you will stand the chance of getting the normal parcentage that has been mapped out for you . Please note that for a successful business transaction,there must be trust .therefore she will like to use you to accomplish this objective because the bank/security company are worried that we should have provided the [Next Of Kin] to my client Mrs. Belinda Hassan by now for the sake of mutual benefit you have to give us your maximum cooperation. To proceed,we have to secure an affidavit of fund claim that will empower you/your church as next of kin from the federal high court here in
london,so there will be a little expenses involved with that.Secondly,Immediately i receive your reply as regards this very email,i will forward an apllication for claim on your behalf to the security company where the fund was deposited. Note that I will present you as the beneficiary/next of kin to my client's estate being his next of kin. I have in my position, the certificate of deposit given to him by the security company when she and her late husband deposited the fund.Please send to me your phone numbers and contact addresses asap.Finally, I will need your total support for the succesfull completion of this transaction.You can also call me on my phone for further clarification. I expect to hear from you soonest. Regards,Richard Jeff .--- On Sun 07/23, Pastor Robert Ised &lt; EMAILADDRESS &gt; wrote:From: Pastor Robert Ised [mailto: EMAILADDRESS]To: undisclosed-recipientsDate: Sun, 23 Jul 2006 13:29:26 +0100Subject: Can we help you?Dearly
BelovedA member of my small congregation read of your plight and passed on the information to me Pastor Ised. He asked if our church could help you in any way.First of all we prayed for your safe deliverance from your illness .... please join us in our prayers O MARY, conceived without stain, pray for us who fly thee. Refuge of sinners, Mother of those who are in their agony, leave us not in the hour of our death, but obtain for us perfect sorrow, sincere contrition, remission of our sins, a worthy reception of the most holy Viaticum, the strengthening of the Sacrament of Extreme Unction, so that we may be able to stand with safety before the throne of the just but merciful Judge, our God and our Redeemer. Amen.and that if God so wills it your safe deliverance into his arms .... GOD, WHO hast doomed all men to die, but hast concealed from all the hour of their death, grant that I may pass my days in the practice of holiness and justice, and that I may deserve to quit this
world in the peace of a good conscience, and in the embraces of Thy love. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.Psalm 30, verse 6. IN MANUS tuas, Domine, commendo spiritum meum.and finally an invocation to Our Blessed Virgin Mary our church's patron and guiding spirit .... O DOMINA mea! O Mater mea! Memento me esse tuum. Serva me, defende me, ut rem et possessionem tuam.MY QUEEN! My Mother! Remember I am thine own. Keep me, guard me, as thy property and possession.Our small congregration operate a charity by the grace of Our Lord, we raise funds by collections and donations from our members and appeals to those of greater wealth wishing to donate to worthy Christian causes.The more money we can raise the more money we can give to those in need. We especially like to fund Christian churches, missions, homes for single mothers and orphaned children throughout Africa so that we may spread the word of God and the love of The Blessed Virgin Mary. We will be only to happy to make any
donations in your name with a full dedication to you should you wish to give us any money, no matter how small. We are also happy to receive requests for donations from pastors and other lay persons needing help to do their work in the name of God and The Most Holy Mother The Blessed Virgin Mary. May the good Lord bless you and keep you safeyour brother in prayerPastor Robert IsedGaudium cum pace, emendationem vitae, spatium verae poenitentiae, gratiam et consolationem Sancti Spiritus, perseverantiam in bonis operibus, tribuat nobis omnipotens et misericors Dominus. Amen.May joy and peace, amendment of life, room for true penitence, the grace and comfort of the Holy Ghost, and steadfastness in good works be granted us by the almighty and merciful Lord. Amen.-- Lord, I pray not for me but hear my prayers for this sinner. Amen

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