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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: "Mariam Mustaph" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2005 02:10:55 +0000
Subject: GOOD DAY!!!!!

Dearest One,
May the peace of the Lord abound in you, and i pray this mail finds you and your entire family in a good and perfect condition of health. It will surprise you to hear that the life am living now is just to wait upon the lord to take my soul but prior to that am happy and i thank God i came in contact with you.

I am Mrs.Mariam Mustaph, am from Kuwait. Am married to Mr.Al-Mulla Mustaph who worked with Kuwait embassy here in Senegal for nine years before he died in the year 2002. We were married for nineteen years with a child, my husband 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 left the sum of $7.5 Million (seven million five hundred thousand US Dollars) in a fixed deposit with one of
the Finance firm in Paris France. Presently, this money is still in the finance firm.

Recently, my Doctor told me that i would not last for the next ten months due to cancer problem. The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness, having known my condition i decided to donate this fund to a person that will utilize this money the way i am going to instruct herein. I want a person that will use this fund for orphanages, widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavour 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 of my only child that will inherit 25% from this money and help to secure a good education and accommodation and also for the sake of God i will like you to take my only child as yours and being a guidance to him. Where by my husband relatives are not Christians, i don't want my husband's efforts to be used by unbelievers. I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way, this is why i am taking this decision.

Sincerely speaking am not afraid of death because i know am going to spend eternity in heaven after death and since i believe my Ways in the Lord is being justified hence 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". And i quite believe that with God all things are possible, as soon as i receive your reply i shall give you the contact of the finance firm and my account number together with the email and phone number contact of the finance firm in Europe. I will also issue you an authority letter that will prove you as the present beneficiary of my funds.

Please i beseech you and your family to always pray for me and my son because the lord is my Shepherd and my happiness today is that i lived a life of a worthy Christian. I beseech you and your entire house hold to serve the Lord with all your heart in spirit and truth and please always be prayerful all through your life.

Furthermore, i will sieze this little opportunity of my disposal to make it obvious to you that any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for another person for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as stated herein, i have
also attached my pics for you to have a view of my person. Hoping to receive your reply soonest.

Remain blessed in the Lord.

Warm Regards,
Mrs.Mariam Mustaph.

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