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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: "Mrs Marlina A. Carlos" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2012 22:50:37 +0100
Subject: Hello My Dear Beloved

Hello My Dear Beloved
I know that this mail will suprise you but i implore you to take a little of your time to go through it for the descision you take will go a long way in determine my future. I Got your contact through A man of God, I know this world is full of eveil i need a trusted person that... view more will assist on this project fter praying and fasting which is also a promise that i made to my God and your address was the first to be found so i decieded to contact you at once to enlight this descision of mine.
I am Mrs Marlina A. Carlos, a Canadian an Orphan, I was married to former Netherlands ambassador to Benin Republic who was the chief Consular in their embassy in Benin Republic for nine years before he died in the year 2004. We were married for eleven years with one child who died ealier before his late father. Before his death we were both again Christian. Since his death I decided not to remarry or to get a child outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $15.5 Million United States Dollars (fifteen million five hundred thousand) with a Federal Reserve Vault here in Cotonou, Benin Republic. Presently this money is still in the custody of the FRV (Bank).
Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next Eight months due to cardiac and kidney failure problem. Having known my ondition I decided to donate this fund to you so that you will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want you to use this fund for orphanages,widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavor that the house of God is maintained. The Bible made us to understand that "Blessed is the hand that giveth". l took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money 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 hat "the lord will fight my case and I shall old my peace. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the ontact of the Bank. I will also issue you an authority letter that will prove you he present beneficiary of this fund if needed. I want you to always pray for me because the lord is my shephard.
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.Contact me immediately and any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another good person for this same purpose.
Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Upon your endeavour in retrieving this fund from the federal reserve vault, I shall personally give you a compensation of every expensis you might made during the retrieval as i will be travelling to India for the Cardiac and kidney treatement and i will not be around, do not be afarid for i stick to my words because i am a woman of intergrity.
Hoping to receive your response soonest via
my private email (
Thanks and Remain blessed in the Lord.
l remain yours sister in Christ.
Mrs Marlina A. Carlos

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