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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: juanita <>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2009 19:59:56 +0900 (JST)
Subject: from mrs juanita

GOD Bless you.

I am Mrs.Juanita Isaac from South Africa, married to Chief Dr Isaac Etienne who was until his death an exporter of antiquities based in Cote d'ivoire, we were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only two weeks. Before his death
we were both faithful christain.

Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my
matrimonial home which the holly bible is against. When my late
husband was alive he deposited the sum of ($3.5 Million U.S. Dollars)
in one the famous financial institutions here in Abidjan capital of
Cote d'ivoire.

Recently my doctor confirmed to me that I have serious sickness which
is cancer problem. The one that disturbs me most is my stroke

Having known my condition I decided to donate this money to an christain institution or individual that will utilize this money the way I am
going to instruct herein. I want a christain that will use this money for
orphanage homes, hospitals, church, schools, and propagation of the
word of the mighty GOD and to endeavour that the house of almighty
Lord is maintained. The holy bible made us to understand that
Blessed is the hand that gives.

I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit
this money and my husband relatives are not christain and I don't want
my husband's effort to be used by unbelievers. I don't want a
situation whereby 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 almighty GOD. As stated in the
Holy Bible (Luke16vs10) He who is faithful in what is least is faithful, also in much , and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.(Read this heb10v3, heb1v2, eph2v10,prov13v11.)

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 almighty GOD
all things are possible.

As soon as I receive your reply I will direct you on how this vission
will be realised. I want you and the fellow believers institution to always
pray for me because the almighty GOD is my shepherd.&nbsp; My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy christain. Whoever that wants to serve the almighty GOD must serve him in spirit and truth.

Please always be prayerful all through your life. Any delay in your
reply will give me room to sourcing another church institution or a
good christain for this same purpose.
Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein.

Your Sister in christ.
Mrs. Juanita Isaac.

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