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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: "miriam awa" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 19:42:34 +0200
Subject: Hello Dear Friend,

*Hello Dear Friend,

I am Mrs Miriam Awa. I am Married to Chief ,Koffi Awa who worked with our
Embassy in Spain for nine years before he died in the year 2002. We were
married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that
lasted for only four days.

Before his death we were both born again Christian. 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
$18.5 Million with a Bank in Benin Republic Presently this money is still in
the custody of the Bank in Benin.

Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next Eight months
due to cancer problem, but I know that my doctor is not God. Having known my
condition I decided todonate this fund to a Church, Organisation or good
person that willutilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I
want aChurch, Organisation or good person that will use this fund for
Orphanages, Widows and other peoples that needs help and also propagating
the word of God and to endeavor 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 not even good at all
because they are the one that are responsible for the death of my husband in
other to have all my late husband properties and i don't want my husband's
effort to be used by those that conspired for his death. This is why I am
taking this 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 do
not need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health
hence the presence of my husband's relatives are around me always. I don't
want them to know about this development and I know that with God all things
are possible to those who trust in Him.

As soon as I received your reply I shallgive you the contact of the Bank in
Benin. I will also issue a letter of authorization to the bank that will
prove you the present beneficiary of this money. I also want you, Church or
Organization to always pray forme because the Lord is my only Shephard. My
happiness is that I lived alife of a worthy Christian. Whoever that wants to
serve the Lord mustserve Him in spirit and truth. Please always be prayer f
ul l throughyour life. Contact me on this email address and any delay in
your replywill give me room in sourcing another good person, church
ororganization for this same purpose.

Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein.Hoping to
receive your response immediately,from my late husband email(***<>

Thanks and
Remain blessed in the Lord.
I remain yours sister in Christ.

Mrs Miriam Awa*

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