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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:

Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2004 14:43:20 +0100
Subject: My Divine Wish !

Beloved In Christ,

Calvary greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I am former Mrs Fatima Adijat Alade, now Mrs Mary Abosede Alade,
a widow to Late Sherrif Alade, I am 70 years old, I am now
a new Christian convert,suffering from long time cancer of
the breast.

From all indications, my condition is serious and is quite
obvious that I may not live more than four months, because
the cancer stage has gotten to a very severe state and my
doctor has told me this. My late husband was killed during
the Gulf war, and during the period of our marriage,we had
a son who was also killed in a cold blood during the Gulf war.

My late husband was very wealthy and after his death,
I inherited all his business and wealth. As my doctor told
me that I may not live for more than four months,I am so
scared about this. So, I now decided to divide part of the
inherited wealth, by contributing to the development of
evangelism in part of the world.

This mission which will no doubt be tasking had made me to
recently relocated to England, Europe where I live presently.
I selected your ministry after visiting the website for this
purpose and prayed over it, I am willing to donate the sum of
US$10.000,000.00(Ten Million USD)to your Ministry for the
development of evangelism and also as aids for the less
privileged around you.

Please note that, this fund is laying with a Security Company
and my personal doctor will help me to file an immediate
application for the transfer of the money in the name of your
ministry because he is the only one i have left that i trust
him so much and i believe he will always do my wish. Please,
do not reply me if you have the intention of using this fund
for personal use.

Lastly, I want your ministry to keep praying for me as regarding
my health because I have come to find out since my spiritual
birth recently that wealth acquisition without Jesus Christ
in one's life is vanity upon vanity.If you have to die says the
Lord,keep fit and I will give you the crown of life.

May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you now
and forever more.

I await your urgent reply.

Yours in Christ,

Mrs Mary A. Alade

#2 Hythe road
brighton e.
sussex bn1 6js

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