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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: "Simmy Ade" <>
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 13:56:15 +0000
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 BARRISTER SIMMY M ADE,the legal adviser to late
Mr.and Mrs. Bright Williams,a British couple that lived in my Country
Nigeria for 25 years before they both died in a plane crash late last year.
These couple were 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 Mr. Bright Williams
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. Bright Williams
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 $12,000,000.00 (twelve 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,ASAP.

Then you send to me in your reply,YOUR FULL NAMES,YOUR PERSONAL ADDRESS,YOUR
TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS.These informations are required by the seurity
company tofacilitate the process of the funds receiver's documentation Your
prompt response will be highly appreciated in my private Telephone number

God bless you.
Yours in Christ.

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