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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 by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "George Rebbeca" <>
Date: Sat, 08 Jul 2006 07:03:56 -0500
Subject: Dearest in Christ, I need your help.

Dearest in Christ, I need your help.

  Calvary greeting to you and your family. My name is Mrs Rita 
Williams, a scottish, but I am married to Mr John Williams who is the
Director of Shell Petro-Chemical Company, before he died in the plane
crash of Oct
23, 2005 [with Bellview Airlines twin-engine Boeing 737] with other
aboard all 117 passage died, as you can confirm it yourself through
this web site

We were married for eleven years without a child. Before he death we
were both born again Christians. When my late husband was alive we
deposited the
sum of USD$16.5Million (Sixteen Million Five hundred thosand U.S.
with one of good bank here in Nigeria. Presently, this money is still
with Union
Bank of Nigeria.

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
Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to church or
better still
Christian individual that will utilize this money the way I am going
to instruct
here in.

I want a church that will use this fund to churches, orphanages,
Research centres and widows propagating the word of God and to ensured
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 I don't have any child that will inherit
this money and my husband relatives are not Christians and I don;t
want my
family hard earned money to be misused by unbelievers.I don't want a
situation where this money will beused 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
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 because of
presence of my family relatives around me always. I don't want them to
know about
this development.With God all things are possible.  As soon as I
your reply Ishall give you the contact information of the bank and
whom to
   I will also need to get a reliable attorney to assist you as the
new beneficiary of this fund. I want you and the church to always pray
me because the lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a
of a worthy Christian.Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve
him in
spirit and truth. Please alwaysbe prayerful all through your life. Any
delay in
your reply will give me room in sourcing for a Christian individual
for this same
Please assure me that you will act Accordingly as I stated here.
Expecting to hearing from you, reply back to my alternative email for
Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.

Yours in Christ,
Sister Rite Williams.

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