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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: "melissa pointer" <>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 02:06:15 +0000
Subject: Beloved in Christ

Dear Beloved in Christ,

It is by the grace of God that I received Christ, 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 am Mrs Melissa Pointer the wife of Mr Harry Pointer, my
husband worked with the Chevron/Texaco in Kenya for twenty years before he
died in the year 2001. We were married for twenty-seven years without a
child. My Husband died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days.
Before his death we were both born again Christians. Since his death I
decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the
Bible is against. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of US
$3.5M. (Three Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S. Dollars) with a Bank in

Presently,this money is still with the Bank and the management just wrote me
as the beneficiary to come forward to sign for the release of this money or
rather issue a letter of authorization to some body to receive it on my
behalf if I cannot come over. Presently, I'm in a hospital in Kenya where I
have been undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer. I have since lost my
ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only a few weeks to
live. It is my last wish to see this money distributed to charity
organizations any where in the World.

Because relatives and friends have plundered so much of my wealth since my
illness, I cannot live with the agony of entrusting this huge responsibility
to any of them. please, I beg you in the name of God to help me Stand and
collect the Funds from the Bank. I want a person that is God fearing that
will use this money to fund churches,orphanages 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 don't have any child that will inherit this money and my
husband relatives are not Christians and I don't want my husband's hard
earned money to be misused by unbelievers.

I don'twant 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 where I am going. 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 don't need any telephone communication in this regard
because of my soundless voice and presence of my husband's relatives around
me always. I don't want them to know about this development.

With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall
give you the contact of Attorney who is in Europe as he will be the one to
assist you in laying claims for this funds. Yours in Christ,
Mrs Melisa Pointer

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