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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: "ROSE ANDREW" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 20:02:55 -0700
Subject: URGENT.

Dear Beloved,

I am the above named person but now undergoing medical treatment now. I am
married to Dr. Gabriel Smith who worked with Royal Dutch oil firm for nine
years before he died in the year 2006 .We were married for twenty-nine years
without a child. He died as a result of Plane Crash. Before his death we
were both born again .Christians.Since his death I decided not to re-marry
or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When
my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $5.6 Million (Five
Million six hundred thousand U.S. Dollars) with one finance/security

Presently, this money is still with the Security Company. 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 stroke.Having known my
condition I decided to donate this fund to church or better still a
Christian individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to
instruct here in. I want a church or individual that will use this to fund
churches, orphanages and widows propagating the word of God and to ensure
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 husband's hard earned money to be misused by unbelievers. I
don't want a situation where this money will be used 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 bossom 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 in this regard
because of my health, and because of the presence of my husband's relatives
around me always. I don't want them to know about this development.With God
all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you
the contact of the Finance/Security Company and Certificate of Deposit
which you will need to claim the consignment.

I will also issue you a letter of authority that will empower you as the
original- beneficiary of this fund. I want you and the church to always
pray for me because the lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a
life of a worthy Christian. Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve
him in spirit and truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life.
Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for a church or
Christian individual for this same purpose.Please assure me that you will
act accordingly as I stated herein. Hoping to hear from you. I know my God
has directed me to you. Remain blessed in the name of the Lord,

Best Regards
Mrs.Rose Gabriel Smith

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