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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: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 16:31:52 +0100 (CET)
Subject: =?us-ascii?Q?From=20Mrs=3BRita=20Thomas?=

>From Mrs;Rita Thomas
Abidjan cote d'ivoire
please email back

Dearest in Christ,

I know that this mail may reach you by surprise.As we dont know ourself previously.I am the above name person from India. I am married to Mr WINDY THOMAS who was the Ambassador of Jamaica for nineten years in cote divoire.We were married for fiften years without a child. He died in december 27th 2004 after a brief illness that lasted for only two weeks .

Before his death we are happy husband and wife Christian family. Since his death Idecided 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 ( USD $12.7Million ) twelve Million seven hundred thousand U.S.Dollars into a box for security reason and the money still with the security company here in abidjan cote d'ivoire.

Meanwhile, i have not tell any body the content of this deposit in the security company.I am telling you the content reason that i want you to assist me use the fund for the work of GOD. Even do you are not a christain ..that you are a muslem, that is not a problem .what i want is for you to use it and help the helpless people around you and of the world .to help the orphanages, widows, and motherles childrens .and also for propagating the word of God and to endeavor that the house of God is maintained. And i want you to bear in mind that,God is spirit,and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth:John 4 vs 24.

Recently, my Doctor told me that i have serious sickness which is Cadiac problem.The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness Having known my condition I decided to donate his fund to your church or individual that will utilize this money according to my direction and the will of God. I want you and your church to use this fund for orphanages, widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavor that the house of God is maintained.

I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians ,not only that but they have no good thing in mind about the poor people , and I don't want my husbands efforts to be used by self acclaimed Christians.I dont want in a way that this money will be used ungodly way. This is why I am taking this decision to hand you over this Fund for you to save the life of helpless people .

I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the hand of the Lord Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord will fight my problems and I shall hold my peace.and hibrew 9:vs;27 said that it is apointed onto man once to die but after that comes jurdgment ,

i am donating this money as a seed for the lord to gorgive whatever that is my sin and acept me as one of the holy people in heaven .I want you to always pray for me because the lord is my streignt.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 remember me in your prayer that the lord will show me mercy.Please do give urgent response to this mail without any delay.I want to give you number to call me but i dont want in a way my husband relations will know that i am giving you this money.I have a sister nurse who is fearful to the lord that will be helping giving you information of thisdeposit.Her name id sister ( CHANTAL KONE)

As soon as i hear from you i will offer you the contact of the securitycompany where the box is deposited.Hopefull to hear from you soonest,

Remain Blessed always.
Yours Sister in Christ.
Mrs Rita Thomas

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