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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: Josephine Masri <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 07:35:52 -0700
Subject: RE: Important messenge from Rev Josephine Cruz Masri,:USE THIS MONEY WISELY??

My Beloved One in Christ,
I have a proposal for you, this however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honor against your will. Am Rev Josephine Cruz Masri, an American, a missionary born on 11-27-69 in Texas. I am married to Mr. Moses Saba Masri,he was a Jewish business mogul from Mexico that died on a helicopter crash late last year.
1) My husband, my only son Abraham (Albert) and my daughter-in-law died in a helicopter crash,the shock made me develop this heart sickness. You can get more information's as regards to the crash and the death of my husband Mr. Moses Saba and family on the site web address below.,7340,L-3832556,00.html?
Before the death of my husband, we were both born again Christian. And Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against. Dearest, When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of ($5.2 Million U.S Dollars) in a bank for a business transaction.
Just recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next Eight months due to cancer problem. Having
known my Condition I decided to donate this fund to a church, charity organization, orphanage homes, Schools,
a truthful person that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in. I want the organization
that will use this inheritance for (orphanages,) (widows,) (HIV/AIDS) propagating the word of God and to endeavor that the house of God is maintained.
I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this inheritance and my husband relatives aren't good at all, since the death of my husband and son.They want to inherit my entire late husband properties 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. 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 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.
My dearest, take this serious and Get back to me because you are not expected to pay any unnecessary fees to get this Fund.But if you must pay any fees,i must assist you financially too.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Bank, I will also issue you an authority letter/copy of my last testament of WILL that will prove you as the present beneficiary of this fund and i will direct you on the simple way to get the fund. I want you and the church or the organization to always pray for my health situation. 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.
I love you and my Lord loves you most. You are blessed by this email.
Hoping to receive your response immediately.
Rev Josephine Cruz Masri

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