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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "contact me immediately" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs Stella Aka" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 16 May 2010 07:38:16 -0430
Subject: Dearest in christ Jesus,
From Mrs. Stella Aka Najao and son Johnson
Dearest in christ Jesus,
My name is Mrs.Stella Aka
Najao. a nationality of Kuwait. I am married to late Mr.JAMES AKA who
worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he
died in the year Octorber 2003. We were married for twenty years with a
child. He died after a the illness that lasted for four days. Please I know
this may come to you by supprise , because you did not know me, I needed
your assistance that was why I write you through divine direction, it is my
desire of going into relationship with you.
Before his death
we were both born again Christians.When my late husband was alive we
deposited the sum of (Ten Million U.S.Dollars) with one of good
banks here in Cote d'Ivoire Presently, this money is still with the bank.
Recently my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months
due to my cancer problem,Though what disturbs me most is my stroke.
Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to church or better
still a Christian individual that will utilize this money the way I am
going to instruct here in.I want a person or church that will use this fund
to churches,orphanages, research centres and
widows propagating the word
of God and to ensure 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 have a child that will inherit this money but
my son can not carry out this work only because i and my late husband
decide to use some of the money to work for God and live some for our son
to have a better live.our son is just 17year old now and been grow up in
africa, he have low manterity and my husband's relatives are not Christians
and I don't want my family hard earned money to be misused by unbelievers,I
don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly
manner.Hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of
death hence 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.
I will like you to understand that my contact to you
is a divine direction from God , I don't want any of my husband
family relatives to recieve this money but I know that With God all
things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the
contact of the Finance/bank. I will also issue you a letter of
authority that will empower you as the new beneficiary of this fund. I want
you and the church to always pray for me because the lord is my
shepherd. My happiness is that I live 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. Any delay in your reply will
give me room in sourcing for a church or Christian individual for
this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I
stated here and Please I will like you to contact me Immediately you
receive this mail so that I will instruct the Bank to transfer this fund
into your account for me and my Son to start coming over there before the
end of this year.
Remain blessed in the name of
Mrs.Stella Aka Najao and Son Johnson
My Telephone Number +22545838759