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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: gloriacoleman <>
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 22:21:56 +0200
Subject: Greting in name Of God

        From Mrs Gloria

        Here is my
Biography/Donation for the work of God

Calvary Greetings to you beloved in lord, Do not be marveled, but
believe in God, with him all things are

     I am Mrs  Gloria
Coleman from Ivory Coast, I am married to Late.Mr.Hassan Aziz from
Kuwait who worked with Kuwait embassy here in Ivory Coast for nine years
before he died. We were married for eleven years without a child. He
died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days on 2006.
Before his death we were both born again Christian. Since his death I
decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial

     When my late husband was alive he
deposited the sum of (USD$45M) Forty five million U.S. Dollars as a
fixed deposit in a general trust account with a Bank here in Abidjan,
Cote d'lvoire West Africa.

    Recently, following
my ill health my doctor told me that i will not last for the next Eight
months due to my cancer problem. He said that there is going to be
spread of this cancer to my bones and i will not live again, but the one
that disturbs me most is my stroke

     Having known my condition i
decided to donate this fund to a Church, Individual or Organization that
will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein and also
according to the desire of my late husband before his

    Presently, this fund is still in the
Bank. I want this fund to be used in liberation work Activities like,
help to Orphanages, and Christian schools,helping widows like me and up
keeping of the Churches and propagating the word of God and to endeavour
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 don't have any child that will inherit this money and
my husband relatives are not Christians and since the death of my
husband they have succeded siezing most of my husband properties,I don't
want my husband's efforts to be used by unbelievers. I dont 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 dont need any telephone communication
in this regard because of my health and hence the presence of my
husband's relative's around me always and when i try to speak it leads
to a serious coughing out blood. With God all things are

    As soon as I receive your reply I
shall give you the details on how to contact the bank directly for
onward transfer. I will also issue you an authority letter that will
prove you as the present beneficiary of my funds. I want you and your
family to always pray for me but the lord is my shepherd. 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

    Please, always be prayerful all through
your life, Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated

    Hoping to receive your reply, remain
blessed in the Lord.

Yours in Christ,

Mrs.Gloria Coleman

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