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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 BLESSING WILLIAMS." <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2004 03:57:46 +0100
Subject: Greetings From Mrs Blessing Williams.

From: Mrs Blessing Williams.
Home Address:
No 24A Idrisa Road,
Kabul, Afghanistan.

Dear Sir,

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I am former Mrs.Fatima Setia, now Mrs. Blessing Williams. A widow to Late Sheik Mohammed Williams, I am 72years old; I am now a new Christian convert, suffering from long time cancer of the breast. From all indications my condition is really deteriorating and it's quite obvious that I won't live more than four months according to my doctors. This is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage. My late husband was killed during the U.S raid against terrorism in Afghanistan, and during the period of our marriage we couldn't produce any child. My late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited all his business and wealth. The doctor has advised me that I may not live for more than four months, so I now decided to divide part of this wealth, to contribute to the development of the church in Africa, America, Asia and Europe.

I selected you after visiting the website and I prayed over it, I am willing to donate the sum of US$20,200,000.00 (Twenty Million two hundred thousand Dollars), to you for the less privileged. Please I want you to note that, this fund is lying in a security company and upon my instruction, you will file in an application for the transfer of the money in your name.

Lastly, I honestly pray that this money when transferred will be used for the said purpose, because I have come to find out that wealth acquisition without Christ is vanity upon vanity. May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you and your family.

I Await your Urgent Reply.

Kindly contact my lawyer Barrister. Kevin Godwin, through his Email address:

Yours in Christ.


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