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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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Please note about this email:

Fraud email example:

From: "mrs rosemarie williams" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 14:49:51 GMT

MRS Rosemarie Williams,

Dearest in Christ,

I am the above named person from Kuwait. I am
married to Mr. Johnson Williams who worked with Kuwait
embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died
in the year 2001. We were married for eleven years
without a child. He died after a brief illness that
lasted for only four days. Before his death we were
both born again Christian.

Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a
child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is
against. When my late husband was alive he deposited
the sum of $5.Million (five Million U.S. Dollars)in
a security company here in Abidjan Presently,the fund is
with the security company. Recently, my Doctor told me that
i have
serious sickness which is cancer problem. The one that
disturbs me most is my stroke sickness.

Having known my condition I decided to donate this
fund to a church or individual that will utilize this
money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want a
church that will use this fund for orphanages, widows,
propagating the word of God and to endeavor that the
house of God is maintained. The Bible made us to
understand thatďBlessed is the hand that givethĒ.

I took this decision because I donít have any child
that will inherit this money and my husband relatives
are not Christians and I donít want my husbandís
efforts to be used by unbelievers. I donít want a
situation where this money will be used in an ungodly
way. This is why I am taking this 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 ďthe lord will fight my case
and I shall hold my peaceĒ. I donít need any telephone
communication in this regard because of my health
hence the presence of my husbandís relatives around me
always. I donít 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 the security company here in Abidjan.

I want you and the church to always pray for me
because the lord is my shephard. My happiness is that
I lived 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.Contact me on the above e_mail address for more
informations, any delay in your reply will give me
room in sourcing another church or individual for this
same purpose. Please assure me that you will act
accordingly as I Stated herein.
Hoping to receive your reply.

Remain blessed in the Lord.

Yours in Christ,

Mrs Rosemarie.

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