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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: James Mathew <>
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2007 18:37:08 +0100 (CET)

Dear Brother/Sister's in Lord Christ Jesus.

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,I am former Mr Humaru Alihu , now Mr Mathew James, I am now a new Christian convert,suffering from long time cancer of the lungs. From all indications, my condition is really deteriorating and is quite obvious that I may not live more than six months, because the cancer stage has gotten to a very severe stage.My Wife and our only son was assasinated in a cold blood on the 15th of June 2006.Well my late Wife was very wealthy and after her death, I inherited all her business and wealth ,and now that i am very sick and my only Son is died.
And my personal physician told me that I may not live for more than six months due to the fact that the cancer stage has gotten to a very severe stage, and i am so scared about this, well i know our Lord almighty is in control of everything.So, I now decided to divide part of our wealth, by contributing to the d!evelopment of evangelism in Africa, America, Europe and Asian Countries. This mission which will no doubt be tasking had made me to recenlty relocated to Israel,where I live presently. I selected your church after visiting the website for this purpose and prayed over it and i got your email ID through email online in your Church, So now i am willing to donate the sum of $19.500,000.00 Million US Dollars to your Church/Ministry for the development of evangel! ! ism and also as aids for the less privileged around you.Please note that, this fund is lying in a Security Company in Europe and the company has branches, therefore my lawyer will file an immediate application for the transfer of the money in the name of your ministry.
Please, do not reply me if you have the intention of using this fund for personal use other than enhancement of evangelism.Lastly, I want you/your ministry to be praying for me as regards my entire life and my health because I have come t! o find out since my spiritual birth lately that wealth acquisition without Jesus Christ in one's life is vanity upon vanity. If you have to die says the keep fit and i will give you the crown of life. May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you. If your areinterested do reach my Attorney he lives in United Kindom-London.

His Particulars are.
Contact telephone number: 0044-703-194-0912.
Thanks for your assistance may the Lord almighty be with you always.
Yours in Christ,

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