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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:

Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2011 22:30:08 +0800 (SGT)

Dear Child of God.
Mercies of the lord are with you.
In the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit it shall be well with you now and forever more… (Amen).
June, next month is July and I am very sure I have done a lot in regards to this transaction we both you and I have invested time, energy and best in this I don’t want to see this transaction wash away because time is not on our side at this precious moment.
These are the major things that kill the transaction 1- silence 2- I don’t have money and lastly: lack of trust.
1- Silence : In most cases I send you email (updates) in regards to the transaction and you don’t reply me this really makes me feel like I am not important or a human being , I am a creation of God and so far I have dedicated my time for your advantage because the transaction ( Parcel/your funds) are all your’s.
I believe in goods spirits and good life because you will be at peace so I like making good impact.
2- I don’t have money: I am not sure of your pocket rate and I don’t know your worth but I thank God for one thing you can only be truthful to yourself only, I believe there is miracle in life and only your personal faith and prayers works if God do good for you the devil might still ask that good should test his/her so he can be sure, the devil test cannot overcome a child of God if he / she has faith.
Trust yourself well enough is a good thing but in case that you don’t give good response the transaction seems to look rough and then you keep having negative thought about it. This transaction is real and the fee is highly needed this week.

 Lack of trust is major and I know this as a final reason that makes transaction not work, though bad people and evil doers still life here on earth but I give you my words that qualifies me as a man I cannot never take your’s and add to mine for self fantasy or enjoyment , please do you think I don’t read or see enough that can happen to some that does that let say her on earth what can still happen after death.
Please… Go and send the money ASAP. As in as soon as you can give me vital info in regards to the fee as in it is highly and cannot take too long for you to do this, so I am not forcing you and I am pleading with “YOU”. So kindly act fast and REPLY ASAP... SOON.
I await your swift response today.
I await the MTCN.
here is the information you will use to send the money below
Receiver name ………. Miracle Nwekwu
Country ……..     Bénin Repiblic
City ………… Cotonou
Test question………God is our  
Test answer ……….Father
Amount…………….. $87.00 only

Best Wish / Regards,
thank you  Rev Williams Benson
E-mail (
call number +229-6656-7551

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