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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: "rita gilbert" <>
Date: Tue, 01 May 2007 21:05:10 -0700
Subject: Dear Beloved

Dear Beloved

It is by the grace of God that I received Christ, having known the truth; I
had no choice than to do what is lawful and just in the sight of God for
eternal life and in the sight of man for witness of God & His Mercies and
glory upon my life.

I am Mrs. Rita Gilbert,the wife of Mr.Sam Gilbert,both of us, are citizens
of the united state of America. my husband worked with the Chevron/Texaco in
Russia for twenty years before he died in the year 2003.We were married for
ten years without a child. My Husband died after a brief illness that lasted
for only four days. Before his death we both got born-again as dedicated
Christians. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside
my matrimonial home which the Bible is strongly against. When my late
husband was alive he deposited the sum of 7.5 Million Pounds (Seven Million
Five Hundred Thousand Pounds) with a Bank in Europe.

Presently, this money is still with the Bank and the management just wrote
me as the beneficiary that our account has been DORMANT and if I, as the
beneficiary of the funds, do not re-activate the account; the funds will be
CONFISCATED or I rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to
receive it on my behalf (note that you need to activate this account) as I
can not come over. Presently, I'm in a hospital in Russia where I have been
undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer. I have since lost my ability to
talk and my doctors have told me that I have only a few weeks to live. It is
my last wish to see this money distributed to charity organizations and NGO
anywhere in the World in helping human race.

Because relatives and friends have plundered so much of my wealth since my
illness, I cannot live with the agony of entrusting this huge responsibility
to any of them. Please, I beg you in the name of God to help me Stand-in as
the beneficiary and collect the Funds from the Bank.

I want a person that is God-fearing who will use this money to fund
churches,orphanages and widows propagating the word of God and to ensure
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 I don't have
any child that will inherit this money and my husband's relatives are not
Christians and I don't want my husband's hard earned money to be misused
by unbelievers. I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an
ungodly manner. Hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not
afraid of death since I know where I am going to.

I know that I am going to be in the bossom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14:
says that the Lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace. I don't
need any telephone communication in this regard because of my soundless
voice and presence of my husband's relatives around me always. I don't want
them to know about this development.

I await your quick response to this mail as this is my last wish to see this
funds transferred before my Death.

Please my beloved for further communication on how we are going to conclude
this, reach me on my private
Remain Blessed

Your Sister in Christ,
Mrs.Rita Gilbert

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