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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: Remain Blessed <>
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 17:16:14 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: From Mrs. Miami Al-Musallam.

ATTN: Greetings
Dearest in Christ,
Iam Mrs. Miami Al-Musallam from Kuwait . I am married to Dr.HusainAl-Musallam who worked with Kuwait embassy in Cote d’Ivoire for nineyears before he died in the year 2004.
We were married foreleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lastedfor only four days. Before his death we were both born againChristians. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a childoutside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When my latehusband was alive he deposited the sum of 3.2Million U.S. Dollars) incote d' ivoire.Presently, this money is still with the Financeorganization . Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last forthe next three months due to cancer problem. Though what disturbs memost is my stroke having known my condition I decided to donate thisfund to Organizations, church or better stills a Christian individualthat will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in. Iwant a church that will use this fund for churches, orphanages, widows,less privileged for propagating the word of God and to ensure that thehouse of God is maintained.
The Bible made us to understandthat blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because Idon't have any child that will inherit this money and my husbandrelatives are not Christians and I don't want my husband's hard earnedmoney to be misused by unbelievers. I don't want a situation where thismoney will be used in an ungodly manner, which is the reason for takingthis bold decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I amgoing. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the lord. Exodus 14VS 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 myhealth, because of the presence of my husband's relatives around mealways. I don't want them to know about this development. With God allthings are possible.
As soon as I receive your reply I shallgive you the contact of the financial organization in Cote d' Ivoire,Iwill also issue you a letter of authority that will empower you as thebeneficiary of this fund. I want you and the church to always pray forme because the lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a lifeof a worthy Christian. Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must servehim in spirit and truth. Please always be prayerful all through yourlife, and any delay in your reply will give me room in searching for achurch or Christian individual for this same purpose. Please assure methat you will act accordingly as I stated herein.
Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.
Yours in Christ.
Sister Miami Al-Musallam.

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