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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:

Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 20:25:45 +0200
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?FROM=20REVEREND=20RODRIGUE?=

From ; Reverend Rodrigue Odidi
Church Sacrecare
Cotonou, Benin Republic.
Tel: 00 229 90 06 91 46.


Permit me the honour to address you through this mail, i am sincerely
telling you the truth and nothing but the truth, I am Reverend Rodrigue
Odidi from Benin Republique, I am a Reverend Father at one of the Churches
here in Benin Republique ,Church Sacrecare.

I am Mailing you in Respect to a Lebanese Citizen Mr Mohammed Geha, a great
Car Dealer in Benin Republique , who Invested the sum of US$
(Fifteen Million United States Dollars Only) in a Finance Firm here in
Cotonou Benin Republique ( Continental Finance & Securities Cotonou , Benin
). Unfortunately, he lost his life in a plane crash here which Happened
on December 26 2003 in Benin International airport , including his wife
(No Child Yet.), all died in the crash . You can read more of this news
about the crash on visiting the web site.

We are seeking your co-operation to claim this fund as all efforts we
ve made both at the Church here and his Fellow Lebanese Citizens to Locate
his Relatives Proved abortive . I used to pray for him when he was alive
though he was a Moslem but I converted him to Christian Religion, He worshipped
with us at the Church here in Cotonou and as a result we developed a kind
of Profound Family relationship . Most of his belongings, he left them with
me for safe keep, among them , his Fund deposit evidence covering this
.HIS GOLD Which he bought from one Mahmmoud Zikwa here in Benin , they are
all with me still.

Since we cannot locate any of his relation , the church decided that this
money be destributed to Charitable homes any where in the world . We are
now Soliciting your Efforts to come and claim this fund and destribute
it to Charitable homes , The motherless Babies homes , Widows Etc. Even
his Gold Considering my position as a Reverend Father , I cannot go for
a claim because of my position but will give you all the required Support
to see to your claim a success since you would be using this fund for the
less Priviledged in the Society.

This is in line with our Meeting before our contact to you .
You can contact me directly on the phone or by Email but be Sure when this
fund finally gets to you , you ll use it Judiciously as indicated herein
this message . Note that this church decided to Contact you Because Therefore
take this matter as a HIGHLY serious affair .

Awaiting your response . Please contact me through this my private Email:

Rev, Rodrigue Odidi ( Dip , Th)
Cotonou Benin
Tel 00 229 90 06 91 46.

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