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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: "Lynne Wyatt" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 22:44:52 +0000
Subject: From: Mrs. Lynne Wyatt, Mutual Trust

From: Mrs. Lynne Wyatt, Mutual Trust
Blessings to you.

I am the above named person but now undergoing medical treatment now. I am
married to Dr. Mikail G. Wyatt who worked with Russian Embassy in South
Africa for over nine years before he died in the year 2003.

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 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$27.6Million (twenty-seven million
six hundred thousand U.S. Dollars) with one finance/security company in

Presently, this money is still with the Security/ Finance Company.
Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months
due to cancer problem. Though what disturbs me most is my stroke. Having
known my condition I decided to donate this fund to church or better still a
Christian individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to
instruct here in. I want a church or individual to that will use this to
fund churches, orphanages and widows propagating the word of the lord and to
ensure that the house of the lord is maintained. The Bible made us to
understand that blessed is the hand that gives. 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 husbands hard earned money to be
misused by unbelievers. I don't want 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
health, and because of the 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 the Finance/Security Company Europe. I will also issue you a
letter of authority that will empower you as the original- beneficiary of
this fund. I want you to always pray for me because the lord is my shepherd.
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.

Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for a reliable
individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act
accordingly as I stated herein. Hoping to hear from you.

Please reply me through my private email;

Remain blessed
Mrs. Lynne Wyatt

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