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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: "gloria moses" <>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2008 08:40:54 +0100
Subject: DONATION FROM MRS Gloria Moses

*Dearest in christ, *
*I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ our Lord, I am Mrs
Gloria moses from Kuwait I am married to Mr Gideon moses who worked with
Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in the year
*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 remarry or get a child
outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against.*
*When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of US$8.5M Eight
Million,Five hundred Thousand United States Dollar in a Bank in Abidjan Cote
d'Ivoire West Africa.*
*Presently, this money is still in bank.Recently, my Doctor told me that I
would not last for the next Eight months due to cancer problem. The one that
disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having known my condition I decided
to donate this fund to a charity organization that will utilize this money
the way I am going to instruct herein.*
*I want an organization that will use this fund for orphanages, school and
church ,widows, 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 and I don't want my
husband's efforts to be used by unbelievers. I don't want a situation where
this money will be used in an ungodly way. 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 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 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.With God all things are
possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of
the Bank in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire west africa*
*I will also issue you an authority letter that will prove you the present
beneficiary of this fund from **kuwait** federal High Court of Justice. I
want you and the church to always pray for me because the lord is my
shephard. 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 another church for this same purpose. Please
assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to
receive your reply. *

*Remain blessed in the Lord
Take care,
In Christ's Holy Love
Yours Sister in christ
Mrs. Gloria moses*

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