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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: "Rev.Barr.Sam Obodo" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 09:02:33 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: One With God.

I have a new email address!You can now email me at:

- One With God when the Lord speaks, it would surely come to reality. I received Christ, knowing the truth and the truth have set me free. Having known the truth, I had no choice than to do what is lawful and right in the sight of God for enternal life and in the sight of man for witness of God's mercy and glory upon my life.I have the pleasure to share my testimony with you, I am Sam Obodo,the legal adviser to late Mr and Mrs Imhuasen Joseph a Russian couple that lived in my Country Nigeria for 25 years before they died in theBelleview plane crash. They are good Christian, They so Dedicated to God but they had no child till they died. Throughout their stayed in my country, they acquired a lot of properties like Lands, house properties,etc. As their legal adviser, before their death, they Instructed me to write their WILL.Because they had no child, they dedicated their wealth to God.According to the WILL, the properties have to be sold and the money will be given out to a mi!
nistry for the work of God, Orphanages and less privileges ones. As Their legal adviser, all the documents for the Properties were in my care.They gave me the authority to sell the properties and give out the fund to the Ministries for the work of God. In short, I sold all the properties after their death, as they instructed and as matter of fact, after I sold all their properties, I realized more than Five million, five hundred thousand US Dollars ($5.5m), and what supposed to be the percentage interest of my right legal fee was firstly deducted by me out of the total amount realized from the sold properties, this was base on the initial agreement between me and the owner of the properties before their death.Therefore the total amount left to be invested into God's work asinstructed by the owner is Five million, five hundred thousand US Dollars ($5.5m) only. But Instead of giving the main fund out for the work of God as instructed to me by the owner before their death.I co!
nverted the fund to myself with the intention of investing the fund ab
road for my personal use. I was afraid of putting the fund in the Bank, because I have to give account to the bank on how I got the money.I then packaged the fund in consignments and deposited the consignments with a security company. I did not want the management of the Security Company to know the content of the consignments; therefore I registered the content of the consignments as Gold Bars. Now, the security company believes that what Ideposited with them was Gold Bars. I had encounter with Christ when Rev. Billy Graham was preaching on television concerning Amanas and Sapphire in Acts 5:1-11. After hearing the word of God, I gave my life to Christ and became a born again Christian.As a born again Christian, I started reading my bible and one day,the Lord opened my eyes to Ezekiel 33: 18 and 19 where the word of God says: "When the righteous truth from his righteousness, and committed iniquity, he shall even die thereby. But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and d!
o that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby".From the scripture, I discovered that the only way I could have peacein my life is to do what is lawful and right by Giving out the fund as instructed for the work of God by the owner before her death.I have asked God for forgiveness and I know that God have forgiven me.But I have to do what is lawful and right in the sight of God by giving out the fund to the chosen ministry for the purpose of God's work as instructed by the owner before her death. After my fasting and prayers,I asked God to make his choice and direct me to a honest Christian but after my fervent prayer over it, then you were nominated to me through divine revelation from God, so these are how I received such a divine revelation from the Lord, how I got your contact information, and I then decided to contact you for the fund to be used wisely for things that will glorify the name of God.I have notified the Security Company where I deposited the consi!
gnments that contained the fund that I am moving the consignment abroa
d and the security company has since been waiting for my authority for theconsignment to leave my country and move to abroad. You should also forwardto me your telephone and fax number for easy communication and to faxyou the documents concerning the consignments. Prompt response will behighly appreciated.Yours in Christ Rev.Barr.Sam Obodo

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