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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: "From Frank White" <>
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 04:15:12 -0500 (COT)
Subject: Dear beloved in Christ

Dear beloved in Christ:

It is by the grace of God that I received Christ, knowing the truth and
the truth have set me free. Having known the truth, I had no choice than
to do what is lawful and right in the sight of God for eternal life and in
the sight of man for witness of God´s mercy and glory upon my life.

I have the pleasure to share my testimony with you, having seen your
contact from the Internet. I am Frank White the legal adviser to late Mr.
and Mrs. Christian Goetz, a German couple that lived in my country TOGO
for 25 years before they both died in a plane crash late last year. These
couple was good Christians, they were so dedicated to God but they had no
child till they died.

Throughout their stay in my country, they acquired a lot of properties
like lands, house properties, etc. As their legal adviser, before their
death, the husband Christian Goetz instructed me to write his WILL.
Because they had no child, they dedicated their wealth to God. According
to the WILL, the properties have to be sold and the money be given out to
a ministry for the work of God. As their legal adviser, all the documents
for the properties were in my care.

He gave me the authority to sell the properties and give out the fund to
the Ministries for the work of God. To cut the story short, I sold all the
properties after their death, as instructed by my client, Mr.Christian
Goetz before his death.

And as matter of fact, after I sold all their properties, expectedly, I
realized a huge amount of money that runs into millions of dollars, and
what supposed to be the percentage interest of my right legal fee was
firstly deducted by me out of the total amount realized from the sold
properties, this was based on the initial agreement between me and the
owner of the properties before his death.Therefore,the total amount left
to be invested into God's work as instructed by the owner is $1,000,000.00
(one million US dollars) only. But Instead of giving the main fund out for
the work of God as instructed to me by my client before his death. I
converted the fund to myself with the intention of investing the fund
abroad for my personal use. I was afraid of putting the fund in the Bank,
because I have to give account to the bank on how got the money. I then
packaged the fund in consignments and deposited the consignments with a
security company.

I did not want the management of the Security Company to know the content
of the consignments; therefore I registered the content of the
consignments as Gold Bars. Now, the security company believes that what I
deposited with them was Gold Bars. I had encounter with Christ when Pastor
Benny Hinn was preaching on television concerning Ananias and Saphira in
Acts 5:1-11. After hearing the word of God, I gave my life to Christ and
became a born again Christian.

As a born again Christian, I started reading my bible and one day, the
Lord opened my eyes to Ezekiel 33: 18 and 19.From the scripture, I
discovered that the only way I could have peace in my life is to do that
is lawful and right by giving out the fund as instructed for the work of
God by my client. I have asked God for forgiveness on my initial thought
concerning the money, and I know that God have forgiven me. But I have to
do what is lawful and right in the sight of God by giving out the fund to
the chosen ministry for the purpose of God's work as instructed by my
client before his death.

After my fasting and prayers, I asked God to make his choice and direct me
to a honest Christian or the chosen ministry that deserves this fund by
his Grace.

I then came across your address on the Internet as I was browsing through
a Christian site, and as a matter of fact, it is not only you or your
ministry that I picked on the Christian site initially, but after my
fervent prayer over it, then you were nominated through divine revelation
from God so that was how I received such a divine revelation from the
Lord, how I got your contact information, and I then decided to contact
you for the fund to be used wisely for things that will glorify the name
of God.

I have notified the Security Company where I deposited the consignments
that contained the fund, that I am moving the consignment abroad and the
security company has since been waiting for my authority for the
consignment to leave my country and be moved abroad. So if you know that
you will use this fund honestly and wisely for things that will glorify
God's name, then do contact me back.

Your prompt response will be highly appreciated.

God bless you.

Yours in Christ.

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