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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: <>
Date: Thu, 1 May 2008 00:21:34 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dearest in Christ,

01BP1456 ABDIJAN 01.

Dearest in Christ ,

I am the above named person from INDIAN, I am married to DR.Bedard Dharavath who worked with Cocoa Merchant in Ivory Coast 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 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 $3.5Million in
the Bank here in Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire,and adviced me that he used my name as the next of kin.

Recently, My Doctor told me that i have serious sickness which is cancer problem. The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness.Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to A Church that will use it for the work of God Almighty,Or individual that will utilize this money the way
Iam going to instruct here in.

I want a church that will use this fund for orphanages, widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavor that the house of God is maintained.

The Bible made us to understand that,Blessed is the hand that giveth, I took this decision because I don't have any Child that will inherit this money and I don't want my husband's efforts to be in vain. 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 and i know with 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 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, any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another church or individual for this same purpose.

Please assure me that you will act accordingly as a child of God with this donation.

Hoping to receive your reply as soonest.

Remain blessed in the Lord.

Yours in Christ,

Mrs.Lisa Bedard Dharavath

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