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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: sos infants <>
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2005 07:24:08 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: save children of war(1)

Dear Mr or Mrs,

May the peace of the LORD and his beloved heart be with you. That the powerful spirit fills you his grace. "because you’ve saved the poor one who shouted for help. The Bible says in JOB29V12a13. (12: Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.
13: The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.)"

All our sincere excuses to disturb you with this message. But the circumstance makes it necessary for us to turn towards you. We are a Christian Mission of Women of Assistance to the Childrens of Victim of War in Ivory Coast. I am Sister Madeleine of catholic church SAINT PETER.

You cannot imaging that, orphan childrens at the age of 5 to 12 years, whom suffers from this war and remain indifferent because of religious confession.

For this purpose the church has occupied 200 orphan children from this war. Taking into account the insufficiency of our financial capacities in this difficult spot we come towards you brothers and sisters to ask for your supports.For the Holy Scripture says to us in " PROVERB29V7." : A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.

(PSAUME 41V2a3). 2: The Lord will preserve him. and keep him alive: and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. 3: The lordwill strngthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.

These children needs us. So that they can find the joy in life and also learn. it is written in 2CORINTHIEN 9V7a10 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. 10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness )

Your love and of your gesture are signs of hopes for them!


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