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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: "" <>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2008 12:32:47 -0500
Subject: Really Need Your Attention,Remain Blessed

Dearest in the Lord,

Please endeavor to use this for the children of the lord. I
am Mrs.Joy.Coleman. From Senegalese. My husband's name is
Mr. Rowland Coleman, worked with the Senegalese embassy in
London for nine years before he died in the year 2007.We
were married for 22years with out 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 have a child out side my
matrimonial home, which the bible is against. When my late
husband was alive he deposited the sum of £5.4 million
{Five Million Four Hundred Thousand Pounds} with a Bank in
London, Presently this money is still with the Bank.
Recently, my doctor told me that I would not last due to
cancer problem of which i have gone for the 5th radioactive
treat but wil be going for another anytime from now. 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 with pure heart that will
utilize this money the way I instructed my late husbands
attorney here in. Which i noted to him that I want a church
or individual that will use this to fund churches,
orphanages and widows and to ensure that the are well
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's
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 because I know where I am going. I know
that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. Exodus 14:14
says that the Lord will fight my case and I shall hold my
peace. I would have needed a telephone communication in this
regard but could not because of the presence of my husband's
relative's around me always.I really thank God that i have
this opportunity of writing you now in their absent, I don't
want them to know about this development and my intentions
because With God all things are possible, if you are sure
that you can be of great help to my proposal and you are
pure in heart please you contact my late husbands attorney
immidiately his name is Barr.Kelvin White
Emal:-( and he will be the one to
furnish you with all that will needed for the fund to get to
be transfered to you and be utilized as stated . 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 God must serve in
spirit and in 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
purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I
stated here in.
Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.

Yours In the lord,
Mrs.Joy. Coleman.

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