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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: "Mrs.Dalila Bongani" <>
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 09:21:25 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Calvary Greetings From Mrs.Dalila,

Calvary Greetings From Mrs.Dalila,

Dearest in Christ.

There comes a moment in the life of a man or woman when good news are all there is for a revival of the soul and body, such a moment has come today by reading my message without knowning each other, but you should understand that our bible tells us that our way is not his way.

According to the book of "Mark 10:21" Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come and follow me.

I am Lady Mrs.Dalila Bongani, from Saudi Arabia. I am married to Sir Miguel Bongani who worked with the Khalid Oil and Gas inc, in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in 2008.We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only three 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 $5.6million Dollars in a Bank here in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire.

I want an organization or a HONEST individual that will use this fund the way I have stated here in, Nevertheless, (30% Percent) of the total money 5,600,000.00 USD is for your personal use and 70 Percent to help orphanages, N.G.Os, Building a Clinic school and widows to endeavor that the house of God is maintained, I hope you will utilize this money the way I instructed you herein.

Zechariah 7:8-10 And the word of the LORD came again to Zechariah: "This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.The Bible made us to know 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.

Presently, this money is still in the 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 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 am standing on Malachi 3:10 which decreed that we should bring tithes and offering to his store house. 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. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Bank here in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire. I will also issue you an authority letter that will prove you the present beneficiary of this fund.

I want you to always pray for me please. 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 NGO / Organisation or individual for this same purpose. Contact me Through my Private Email Here (

Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to receive your reply.

Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.

Mrs.  Mrs.Dalila Bongani.

"I shall pass this way but once. Therefore, any good that I can do or any kindness that I can show, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again."

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