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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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Some comments about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Rev Franklyn cisse" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 11:10:02 +0100
Subject: May God Bless You

Hello Dearest One in the Lord.

May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you and every members
of your family, as you read this mail.

Before anything let me tell you about myself. I am Rev. Father Franklyn Cisse, am 59 years old without a child and wife. Of which i have be serving the Lord with all my heart for the past 19 years and i took Christ to be my wife and all i am today in Life, may his holy name be bless in Jesus name i pray Amen. Well, i will want you to keep my request to yourself.Because my condition for now is very bad, my doctor called me personally that i will not last for the next 2 weeks, that i am having heart problem. He said the only thing that will serve my life is God,and all the members here in our church has been praying for me not to die, but i don't know what to do, as i believe that God is calling me.
In addition, i know i will die, and it will be a very bad thing if i die with the money i have made in life without helping those that is in need, so that is why
i am writing you this mail, in order to donate the sum of $1,500,000. One Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Cash, to you and every members in your church. All i was having with me in my account was $3,000,000. Three Million United States Dollars, and i have donated 50% of it to my Church members, why the balance will be for you and every members in your church, as i don't have anybody as a wife or a child, so i believe Christ in my Wife and all i am today, so that is why i am donating this money to you.
Finally, i will want you to try all your best to reply me as soon as possible with your full name telephone and fax number together with your full Bank
information where the money will be transferred into, so it will enable me to forward it directly to my Bank for them to contact you directly for onward transfer of the money to your nominated Bank account.

Thanks may our Lord Jesus Christ bless you as i look forward to read from you, and please don't forget to be including me in your prayers.
Yours in Christ.

Rev Father Franklyn Cisse.

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