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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: "Evelyne Yapo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2011 21:46:33 -0400
Subject: Greetings From Mrs.Evelyne Yapo.

Greetings From Mrs.Evelyne Yapo.
May this New Year be a song of thanksgiving, an offering of praise, a celebration of God's love in his amazing grace, a joyous Year to you and your family. Happy new Year!
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 sending you this message
without knowing each other, but you should understand that our bible tells us God will make a way where there seems to be no way as he works in ways we cannot see.
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 the wife of late Bishop Yapo White; we were married for forty two years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only two weeks, before his death we are happy Christian family. Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home, When my late husband was a live he deposited the sum of ( USD $5 Million Dollars) (Five Million U.S.Dollars).
My doctors told me that I have serious sickness which is Cardiac problem. Theone that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness Having known my condition, I decided to entrust this fund Five Million U.S. Dollars to your hand as to enable you utilize this fund according
to God's direction because I have come to find out that wealth acquisition without Christ is vanity upon vanity. The purpose of this fund is stated below, 1. To help the orphanages, 2. To help the widows, 3. Propagating the word of God and to endeavor that the house of God is maintained.
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 gives. I took this decision because because I don't have any child that will inherit this fund and my husband relatives are not Christians and I don't want my husband's efforts to be used by self acclaimed Christians. I don't want in a way that this money will be used ungodly way. This is why I am taking this decision to entrust this fund to you. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the hand of the Lord Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord will fight my problems and I shall hold my peace.
Hallelujah, If you have to die says the Lord, keep fit and I will give you the crown of life. I want you to be always pray for me because the lord is my strait. 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.  Please do give urgent response to this mail (  ) without any delay. Hoping to hear appositive.
Remain Blessed always.
Madame Evelyne Yapo.

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