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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:

Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 05:13:40 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Pastor Robert Ised,

Thanks for your mail and the zeal you have towards the things of our Lord Jesus christ, and may God with His infinite mercy continue to guide, protect and bless you, and may He perfect all that He started in your life.

According to your mail, Having known my condition and my inability to do things any longer, I have decided to donate this fund to either a christian organisation or devoted christian individual who will do a lot of work on their on side to utilize this money the way I instructed and to the glory of God in all sincererity to fund churches, orphanages,widows and also propagating the word of GOD and to ensure that the society upholds the views and beliefs of the holy Bible.

About me,I was born in 1953 from an Islamic family in kuwait famously known as Malhan families in kuwait city, Kuwait is located in the northeastern part of the Arabian Peninsula, at the head of the Persian Gulf. Kuwait has it border on north and west by iraq and on south and west by saudi arabia,it was a small emirate whose also has it border on east by Persian Gulf.. Kuwait was an islamic coutry which about 87% was mmuslims and 13% other religions.It has arabic as major language as followed by english language.We share european weather but hoter and drier.I was formaly addressed as Aisha,we were devoted muslim until I got married to my husband in 1989 when my name was turned to christine when we confess Jesus Christ as our Lord and personal saviour.It all happen when my husband felt terribly sick,and he was moved from one hospital to another both within and outside kuwait,untill one day he was visited by a group of prayer fellowship in a hospital which I swore to
give me life to christ if their prayer could affect my husbands life.

After the prayer my husband regain his health and immediate we confess christ as our Lord and personal saviour.But my dear ,we went through hell for christianity sake,but I thank God for my life today and everything.

And now for the money in question,I must let you know that this is a vow I made to the Lord after the death of my husband which I must accomplish before I die and nothing shall hinder it and you must be informed that no body urge me to take the decision.

I made the vow after the death of my husband,like what I told you about his relation that they were still muslims and the way they were squandering our hard earned money and in an un-holy manner and in a way which will not please God and as a doveted christian and a childless widow,I came up with a decition to lay up my self treasure in heaven where mont nor rust shall not destroy neither thief break-in to steal by donating it to a Christian person or group of persons who will be eager to serve the Lord and do a lot of work on their own side to utilize the money in the way that I have instructed and to the glory of the almighty.

And the decision was easy for me becaus am the only beneficiary to the money in the security and finance company and with every documents as the inheritant. I also took the decission becaus all of our account here in kuwait and other valuable things and assets has been confiscated by them due to my inabilities and they were counting days for me to die.

I want to let you know that really,I dont know you before,but He who made it possible for us to come together this days knows you even more than your humble self and before I wrote you,I was touched to do so and remember, the Lord wants to make you a channel of blessing to His people and want to use you to restore to them the gift of hope in their lives.On your respond, I will instruct you on what to do and the way forward, pls dont disappoint me and always pray for me. May God continue to bless you and your household in Jesus name, Amen!.


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