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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "contact me immediately" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: LINDA AJANA <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2010 21:47:31 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Donation For The Work Of God / Remain Blessed In The Lord
From Mrs Linda Ajana
N¡¼38 Rue Des Martyrs Cocody
DEAREST ONE OF GOD,
Greetings in the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ, i Know That God will grant you the willingness and interest to digest this humble narration, though it might be strange to believe my story but I knew by the reason of the Almighty you will humbly understood and accept to proceed with my proposal though we have not met or seen each other before.
My name is Sister Linda Ajana, a widow to Mr. Laurent Ajana who was a competent business man here in Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire, we were married for many years without child till his death in October 2007 after a brief illness, Due to the promise which i revered to him on the alter at the day of our church wedding i decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which is against the holy bible.
My happiness is that my late husband lived a life of a true & worthy Christian and he has this plan before his death which he pleaded with me to appropriate it to accomplishment, He took this decision with me to use this fund in building an orphanage in his name that will accommodate thousand's of children, and also to use part of this fund in helping the less privileged and to spread the gospel of the Lord to the remote places of the world.
He made a deposit sum of $2. 5 Million (Two Million Five Hundred U.S. Dollars ) in the bank here in Abidjan in a fix deposit account, recently my Doctor told me that i would not last for the next 5 months due to cancer & stroke illness.
Having known my condition i decided to seek for a competent and reliable God fearing person or church to entrust this fund to utilize in the way i narrated above as my late husband desired, to endeavor that the house and gosepel of God is maintained worldwide.
The 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 late husband's relatives are not Christians and i don't want my late husband's efforts to be used by unbelievers, as he earlier warned me before he died.
I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner, this is why i am taking this decision, i am not afraid of death hence i know where i am going, 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 regard of this issue due to my illness since the presence of my husbandÃÔ relatives is 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 relevant documents and the Certificate of Deposit the bank issued my late husband the day he made the Deposit of the fund in their bank.
I want you, and your christian brethren to always pray for me for survival because the lord is our shepherd, 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 in Truth.
Please always be prayerful all through your life and pray to God to forgive me my sins, contact me immediately once your are ready to do this wonderful work of God on my behalf as any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for another church or a God fearing person for this same purpose.
Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated here in. Hoping to receive your reply soon.
Remain Blessed In The Lord,
Yours In Christ,
Sister Helen On the Behalf Of Sister Linda Ajana.