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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: "Mrs. Cedric Malik" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 06:59:20 -0400
Subject: My Beloved ,

My Beloved ,
Calvary greetings, My name is Mrs. Cedric Malik from Malaysia. I am married to Dr Nirvana Malik who worked with the Malaysia embassy in Spain for nine years, before he died in 2002. We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for four days. Before his death we were both born again Christians.
Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home, which the bible spoke against. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $22million US dollars [twenty two million US dollars] with a security company in Europe. Presently, this money is still with the Security Company in Europe. Recently my doctor told me that I would not last for next one year due to cancer problems. Though what disturbs me mostly is my stroke. Having known my condition I decided to donate this funds to church or still a Christian individual that will use this 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 are the hands 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 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 these bold decision am not afraid of death hence I know where am going. I know that am going to be in the bosom of the lord. Exodus 14vs14 says that the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace. I need your telephone communication in these regard because of my health I cant always go to the cyber cafe to check my email, And because of the presence of my husband's relatives around me always.
I don’t want them to know about this development. Although I can do all things through Christ that empowers me. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Security Company in Europe. I will also parcel to you the entire deposit document and a letter of authority that will empower you as the original- Beneficiary of this fund. I want you and the church to always pray for us. 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 souring for a church or Christian individual for this same purpose.

Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I instruct you.
Thanks for your co-operation.
Best regards, Mrs. Cedric Malik
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