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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: sandra woodlake <sandra.woodlake25@yahoo.ca>
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 07:23:10 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Attn: Dear beloved in christ,


Attn: Dear beloved in christ,
I am the above named person from Kuwait. I am married to Mr. Lobi Woodlake, who worked with Ivory Coast embassy in Kuwait for nine years before we left to Abidjan where he was re-appointed as a navy officer before his untimely death in the year 2003.
We were married for eleven years without a child. He died in his home country Ivory Coast after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death we were both born again Christian.Since 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 deposited the sum of $2.5Musd (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S. Dollars) in a truck box deposited with one of the big security company here in Abidjan as a family valuable .
Presently, this box is still with the security firm. Recently, my Doctor told me that i have serious sickness which is cancer problem. The one that disturbs me most is the high blood preasure sickness. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a church or individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein.
I want a church or individual that will use this fund for orphanages, widows,propagating the word of God and to endeavor that thehouse of God is maintained. The Bible made us tounderstand 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 not Christians 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 my health hence the presence of my husband’s relatives were 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 I shall give you the contact of the bank here in Abidjan. I will also issue you an authority letter that will prove you the present beneficiary of this fund. I want you and the church 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 the above e_mail address for more informations, Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein.
Hoping to receive your reply as soon as possible.
presently,I am still in my late husbands home country abidjan capital city of ivory coast.
Remain blessed in the Lord.
Yours in Christ,
Mrs Sandra Woodlake.



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