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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: "sh.morris" <sh.morris@laposte.net>
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 00:56:34 +0100 (CET)
Subject: MY DEAR BELOVED ONE IN CHRIST


MY DEAR BELOVED ONE IN CHRIST

PLEASE REPLY TO MY YAHOO ID:sharonmorris84@yahoo.com
I AM MRS SHARON MORRIS FROM ABIDJAN THE CAPITAL OF IVORY COAST. I AM MARRIED TO LATE MR MORRIS IKANGA OF BLESSED MEMORY WHO WORKED WITH KUWAIT EMBASSY IN ABIDJAN FOR NINE YEARS BEFORE HE DIED IN THE YEAR 2005. WE WERE MARRIED FOR ELEVEN YEARS WITHOUT A CHILD. HE DIED AFTER A BRIEF ILLNESS THAT LASTED FOR ONLY FOUR DAYS.

BEFORE HIS DEATH WE WERE BOTH BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS.HIS SUDDEN DEATH RISE MY BLOOD PRESSURE WHICH NOW LEAD TO MY STROKE DESPITE MY FORMAL CANCER FIBROID AND TUMOR WHICH I USE TO SUFFER WHEN HE WAS ALIVE .

WHEN MY LATE HUSBAND WAS ALIVE HE KEPT A TRUNCK BOX THAT CONTAINS THE SUM OF$15.MILLION (FIFTEEN MILLION U.S. DOLLARS)WITH ONE OF THE SECURITY COMPANY HERE IN ABIDJAN.HE DEPOSITED IT AS FAMILY VALUABLES FOR SECURITY REASONS. PRESENTLY, THIS MONEY IS STILL WITH THE SECURITY COMPANY.

RECENTLY, MY DOCTOR TOLD ME THAT I WOULD NOT LAST FOR THE NEXT THREE MONTHS DUE TO THOSE PROBLEMS. THOUGH WHAT DISTURBS ME MOST IS MY STROKE SICKNESS. HAVING KNOWN MY CONDITION I DECIDED TO DONATE THIS FUND TO EITHER A CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATION OR CHRISTIAN INDIVIDUAL THAT WILL UTILIZE THIS MONEY THE WAY I AM GOING TO INSTRUCT HERE

(1).I WANT THIS CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATION OR INDIVIDUAL TO USE THIS MONEY IN ALL SINCERER TO FUND CHURCHES, ORPHANAGES, WIDOWS AND ALSO PROPAGATING THE WORD OF GOD AND TO ENSURE THAT THE SOCIETY UPHOLDS THE VIEWS AND BELIEFS OF THE HOLY BIBLE.

THE HOLY BIBLE EMPHASIZED SO MUCH ON GOD GOODNESS AND THIS HAS ENCOURAGED ME TO TAKE THIS BOLD STEP. 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 HARD EARNED MONEY TO BE MISUSED BY PEOPLE I CALL UNBELIEVERS. I DON'T WANT A SITUATION WHERE THIS MONEY WILL BE USED IN AN UNHOLY MANNER. THAT IS THE REASON FOR TAKING THIS BOLD DECISION. I KNOW THAT AFTER DEATH I WILL BE WITH GOD THE MOST HOLY AND THE MOST MERCIFUL.

I DON'T NEED ANY TELEPHONE COMMUNICATION IN THIS REGARD BECAUSE OF MY HEALTH AND MY HUSBAND'S RELATIVES ARE ALWAYS AROUND ME . 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 INFORMATION OF THE SECURITY COMPANY. I WANT YOU AND THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY WHERE YOU RESIDE TO ALWAYS PRAY FOR ME.

MY HAPPINESS IS THAT I LIVED A LIFE OF A TRUE DEVOTED CHRISTIAN WORTHY OF EMULATION. WHOEVER THAT WANTS TO SERVE THE LORD MUST SERVE HIM IN TRUTH AND IN FAIRNESS. LEASE ALWAYS BE PRAYERFUL ALL THROUGH YOUR LIFE. ANY DELAY IN YOUR REPLY WILL GIVE ME ROOM IN SOURCING FOR A CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATION OR DEVOTED CHRISTIAN FOR THIS SAME PURPOSE. UNTIL I HEAR FROM YOU, MY DREAMS WILL REST SQUARELY ON YOUR SHOULDERS. MAY THE ALMIGHTY GOD CONTINUE TO GUIDE AND PROTECT YOU.

REGARDS, YOUR SISTER
MRS.SHARON MORRIS.
sharonmorris84@yahoo.com

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