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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "liberia" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "esther gibsobn" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2011 10:01:06 +0100 (CET)
Subject: From Mrs.Esther Gibson,
From Mrs.Esther Gibson,
Avenue 10 Rue 05 Treichville, Abidjan
Cote d'ivoire West Africa
Good day Dear in christ,
My name is Mrs Esther Gibson a nationality of Liberia the capital
of morovia, I am married to late Decean Jacob Gibson who worked
with Liberia embassy here in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died
in the year JUNE, 2003. We were married for twenty years with a
child. He died after a brief illness which lasted for four days
only,before his death, we were both born again Christians.
When my late husband was alive we deposited the sum of $10.6 Million
(Ten Million Six hundred thousand U.S.Dollars) with one of good banks here in Cote d'Ivoir
Presently, this money is still with the bank. Recently my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to my cancer problem.
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 that will utilize
this money the way I am going to instruct here in. I want a person
or church that will use this fund to churches, orphanages,
research centres and widows propagating the word of God and to ensure
that the house of God is maintained. The Bible made us to understand
that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I
have a child that willin herit this money but my son can not carry out
this work only because i and my late
husband decide to use some of the money to work for God andlive some
for our son to have a
Our son Samuel is just 17year old now and been grow up in africa,he have low
mentality and my husband's relatives are not Christians and I don´t want
my family hard earned money to be misused by unbelievers.
I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly
Hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of death
hence I know where I am going to. I know that I am going to be in the
bosom of the Lord.Exodus:chapter 14:14 says that the lord will fight my
case and I shall hold my peace. I don´t want any of my husband family
relatives to recieve this money With God all things are possible. As
soon as I receive your reply
with phone and fax number I will give you the contact of the bank where
this money is deposited.I will also issue you a letter of authority that will empower you as
the new beneficiary of this fund.
I want you and the church to always pray for me because the lord is my shepherd,my happiness is that I live 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 for a church or any Christian individual
for this same purpose,please assure me that you will act accordingly as
I stated here.Iam expecting to hear from you as soon as you go through
this mail because i want it to be a confidiential matter
between both of us.
Mrs Esther Gibson