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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. Caroline Hubert" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2008 13:03:34 +0100 (BST)

Dear Beloved Friend

It is a priviledge to hear from God and it gives me joy to relate my testimony to you haven recieved instruction from God through divine revelation. I was a Moslem and a retired military top officer in Nigerian Army that served under the past military regime. I was the financial secretary to the Armed Force Ruling Council (AFRC).

With my position as a financial secretary, I was able to divert up to $10,000,000.00 (Ten Million Dollars}into my personal Bank Account, hoping to invest the money when I’m retired. Immediately I got retired, I was converted from Moslem to Christian, when I was preached the words of God through my cousin Pastor Paul Osakwe.

I then gave my life to Christ and became a born again Christain. Since I gave my life to Christ, I had no rest of mind. Some times I think of the souls I killed when I was a soldier and the dubious ways I diverted my country’s money into my Personal Bank Account. I then decided to seek the face of God for forgiveness and after fasting and prayer through Divine Revelation, the Almighty God revealed to me that the only way I could have rest of mind is when I used all my money to do the work of God.

I immediately disclosed my revelation to my Pastor and he was happy with me. I have been thinking of the particular thing to do for my God before this present civilian president of my country set up a panel (Honourable Oputa Panel) to probe the Bank Account of the past Military officers like me. Instead of loosing this money to my government, I quickly withdrew my money out of my Account and deposited the money in a finance and security company for safety.

My Pastor has adviced me to sneak out of the country with the money to sow it into a ministries abroad. I have decided to sow this money into your ministry. I am making arrangement to come over to your country but you need to receive this money from the finance and security company in cash before I come over. The cash has been packaged by the security company in consignments and ready for shipment but the security company requires the address of the receiver.

Please send to me your names, address and your telefax number where I can fax the Airway Bill to you to claim the consignment /fund over there. I will be coming over to your ministry with my family for thanksgiving as soon as I sent out this money to you. Please act fast because I dont want the panel to know that I want to leave the country, they might suspect my intention to leave now that the probe is going on.

I look forward to your urgent response.

God bless you.

Elder Bello Usman.

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