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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: "Bishop John R. Goodman" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 10:02:51 -0800 (PST)

Bishop John R. Goodman.
The Anglican Church Fellowship;
102151  Siuarrulere  Avenu'e,
008 Bp 67104  Cotonou
Benin Republic.
Blessed, Greetings In The Name Of God,
 Permit me the honour to address you through this message, i am sincerely telling you the truth and nothing but the truth. You Must Confirm this shortly from now pending your positive response to this. If it were not true I cannever involve my hands, I am an Ordained Bishop John R. Goodman. I am Sending you this Message in Respect to a American Citizen Mr Coburn H. Bradford, an industrialist here in Cotonou Benin Republique, who Invested the sum of US 9,000.000.00 (Nine Million United States Dollars Only) in a Finance Firm here in Cotonou Benin Republique, Unfortunately, he died in the  plane crash here in Cotonou Benin Internartional  airport, Including his wife all died in that crash.
We now request your co-operation/ assistance to claim this fund to be distributed to the Needy/ poor people in your country, as all efforts made both at the Church here and his Fellow American Citizens to locate his Relatives did not work out, you can come up for this claim . I used to pray for him when he was alive, He was Very Strong in the Lord .Do not regard this as Just an Ordinary Internet Message.
He worshipped with us at the Anglican  Church here in cotonou and as a Result we developed a Profound Family relationship. Most of his belongings, he left them with me for safe keep, among them, all his Business registration papers, His information with The Finance Firm for his USD 9,000,000.00 Deposit.
Now that we cannot locate any of his relation, we decided that this Money, USD 9,000 ,000.00 be distributed to Charitable homes any where over there. I will come immedaitely you received the 9m in your bank account .We are now looking for a trust worthy person like you  who will come and claim this fund and distribute it to charitable homes over there . It is a devine Revelation from above to have this done.
You can contact me directly by Means of Telephone Call on Tele: 00 229 99 75 67 28 or E-mail me :  but be sure when this fund finally gets to you, you must use it accordingly as indicated here in this message. Keep it extremely confidential please until this transaction is concluded soonest. Do not regard this as Just an Ordinary Internet Message. Blessed is he that considereth the poor , the Lord will deliver him in Time of trouble . The Lord will Preserve him and keep him alive and he shall be blessed upon the earth.
Send me your Phone Number, Your address and your Full names, Copy of your passport or any of your Id, to my Email: then give me a phone call in confirmation if you are Faithful enough to do this, Do Let me know Immediately and you must witness the goodness of the Lord in your Life, Family, Business and your entire generation; I remain for you in Fervent Prayers.
Your Quick Response is required
Bishop John R. Goodman.(PHD)
The Anglican  Church
Tele: 00 229 99 75 67 28

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