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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mrs Mary Anny" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2006 10:41:26 +0100
Subject: I Need Your Help

From Mrs Mary Anny

Hello Dear,

I am the above named person from Kuwait. I am married
to Mr Micheal Anny who worked with Kuwait embassy in
Senegal for nine years before he died in the year 2002.
We were married for nineteen years with a child He died
after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before
his death, we were both born again Christian.Since his
death, I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my
matrimonial home which the Bible is against.When my late
husband was alive he left the sum of $10.5 Million
(Ten million five hundred thousand U.S.Dollars) in fixed deposit in a finance firm.

Presently, this money is still in the finance firm.
Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for
the next Two months due to cancer problem. The one
that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having
known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a
trustworthy person that will utilize this money the
way I am going to instruct herein. I want you to use
this fund for orphanages, widows, propagating the word
of God and to endeavor that the house of God is
maintained. The Bible made us to understand that
Blessed is the hand that giveth.

I took this decision because of my only child that
will inherit 25% from this money and help to secure a
good education & accomodation and also for the seck of
God i will like you take him as your child and been a
guidiance to him where by my husband relatives are not
Christians and I dont want my husbands efforts to be
used by unbelievers. I dont want a situation where
this money will be used in an ungodly way. This is why
I am taking this decision.
I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am
going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of
the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that “the lord will
fight my case and I shall hold my peace. I dont need
any telephone communication in this regard because of
my health. With God all things are possible.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the
contact of the finance firm and for you to contact
with them directly for onward transfer of the said
fund . I will also issue you an authority letter that
will prove you as the present beneficiary of my funds.
I want you and your family to always pray for me and
my son because the lord is my shephard. My happiness
is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever
that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit
and truth.

Please always be prayerful all through your life Any
delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing
another person for this same purpose.Please assure me
that you will act accordingly as I stated herein.
Hoping to receive your reply.

Remain blessed in the Lord.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs Mary Anny.

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