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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: walter sandra <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 05:14:31 +0100

Please Assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated Herein. FROM MRS SANDRA WALTER OF UNITED KINGDOM PLEASE ENDEAVOUR TO USE IT ON CHURCHES AND ORPHANAGES Dear one in the Lord I am the above named person from United Kingdom, I am Married To DR JOHN WALTER who worked with British embassy in Netherlands for Ten years before He died in the year 2006. We were married for eleven Years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only Four Days, Before his death we were both born again Christians, When my late husband was alive he Deposited the sum of $20.3MILLION USD in metallic iron box with a Security Company Recently my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next four months due to cancer problem, Though what disturbs me most is my stroke. Having known my Condition, I decided to donate this fund to church or Better still a Christian individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want a church that will use this money to fund churches, Orphanages, Research centers and widows propagating the Word of God and to ensure that the house of God is maintained. I am certain you are the one my husband talked about as a Godly man that he met in one of his trips to your country. But if I am wrong please pardon and simply let me know and God will bless you endlessly. The Bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I dont have any child that Will inherit this Money and my husband relatives are not Christians and I Dont want my Husbands hard earned money to be misused by Unbelievers. I dont 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 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 and Because of the presence of my husbands relatives around Me always. I dont want them to know about this Development. With God all things are possible. As soon As I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of The Security Company. I will also make a recommendation of you to the Security Company that will empower You as the new beneficiary of this fund. I want you and the church to always pray for me because the Lord is my Shepherd. 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 for a church or Christian individual for this same purpose. Please Assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated Herein. Please, kindly contact me to my alternative email for security reason:on for privacy. I look towards to hearing from you. Remain blessed in the name of the Lord. Yours in Christ, MRS. SANDRA WALTER
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