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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: Mrs. Tina Adams <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 22:51:37 +0400
Subject: My charity vow.

Dear in the Lord.

I am Mrs. Tina Adams from France I am married to Mr. =
John Adams who worked with France Embassy in United Arab Emirates for nine =
years before he died in the year 2005; we were married for eleven years =
without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for four days; =
before his death we were both born again Christians, Since his death I =
decided not to remarry for the love I have for him.

When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $18.700 million United =
States Dollars with a Bank here in United Arab Emirates Presently this money =
is still in the fists deposit of the Bank. Recently, my Doctor told me that I =
will not last for the next three months due to diagnosed cancer, aware of my =
condition, I decided to donate the mentioned money to a church or charity =
organization through the hand of good person that will utilize this money in =
the way I am going to instruct herein: I want a church, organization or good =
person that will use this fund for orphanages, widows and for other peoples =
that needs help and in propagation of the word of God.

The Bible made us to understand that" Blessed is the hand that grivet". l =
took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this =
money and my husband relatives are not born again Christians not even good at =
all because they are the ones responsible for the death of my husband in =
other to have all his properties; now I don't want my husband's efforts to be =
in custody of those that conspired his death.

This is why I am taking this decision, I am not afraid of death 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". I don't need any =
telephone communication for now in this regard because of my health hence the =
presence of my husband's relatives around me always.
I don't want them to know about this development and I know that With God all =
things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply at my private email =
I will inform the bank about you for immediate transfer of the money into =
your private account. Pray for me because the lord is my only shepherd. My =
happiness is that I have lived a worthy Christian woman life, whoever that =
Wants to serve the Lord must serve him in Spirit and Truth. Please always be =
prayerful all through your life.

Best regards,
Tina Adams

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