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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: ruth bahar <>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 09:45:02 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Mrs Ruth Al. Bahar

>From : Mrs Ruth Al. Bahar
Address:N°11-Olof Salem Street
P.O.Box 59022,Safat 13060 Kuwait

Dearest in Christ,

I am Mrs Ruth Al-Bahar, from Kuwait. I am married to late Mr Adel Al-Bahar, who worked with Kuwait Embassy in Ivory Coast for Twenty-Six years before he died in the year 2003, after a brief illness that lasted for only five days.
We were married for Eighteen years without a child. Before the untimely death of my husband, we were both born again Christians. Since after 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 kept the sum of (US$4,000,000,00 )Four Million Dollar in his Account with a bank in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire in west Africa, and this money is still in the bank.
Recently, Following my ill health, Doctors have confirmed of my detoriating condition due to my cancer problem. Having known this, I have decided to donate this fund to a Christain organization (Church) or believer in Christ who will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein, according to the desire of my late husband before his death.
I want this fund to be used in Christain Activities like, Orphanages, Christain schools, and
Churches for 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 I don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are still muslems and I don't want my husband's efforts to be used by unbelievers. I don't 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 don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of the presence of my husband's relatives around me always. I don't want them to know about this development. With God all things are possible.
As soon as I receive your reply and firm assurance to handle this divine
assignment, I shall give you the contact of the bank in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in Africa. I will
also give you the document that will approve you the new beneficiary of this fund.
I want you and others to always pray for me 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. Contact me on this e-mail address: ( any delay in your reply might be a reason for me to contact another believer or Church for this same purpose.
Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein.
Remain blessed in the Lord.

Yours in Christ
Mrs Ruth Al-Bahar.

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