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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: "Lady Grace Jacobs." <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 12:24:59 +0100
Subject: Dear Beloved In Christ

Dear Beloved In Christ ,

AM Lady Grace Jacobs from Rwanda? I was married to Sir Roy
Jacobs. The CEO Veekrol Link Rwanda Sarl, a seasoned contractor in
Region.Before he died in the year 2004. We were married for eleven
Years without a child. He died after a brief illness. After his death I
decided not to Re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home.

When my late husband was alive,he deposited the sum of $10.3Million(Ten
million three hundred thousand united states dollars).My Doctor told me
that I would not last for the next three Months due to cancer
problem.Having known my condition I decided to donate these funds to
better the lives of the less privileged.

I need honest and trust Worthy individual that will utilize this money
in accordance with my instruction.I want the funds to be used in
religious organizations, orphanages and less privileged propagating the
word of God. I took this decision because I don't have any child that
will inherit this money and my husband relatives are very unkind to me
and I
Don't want my husband's hard earned money to be misused. I am not
afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going
be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord will
course and I shall hold my peace. As soon as I receive your reply I
shall give you the contact of my attorney.

I want you to always pray for me, any delay in your reply will give me
room in sourcing for another individual for this same purpose.

Yours sincerely,
Lady Grace Jacobs

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