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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: "Mr. Frank Ego" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 24 May 2012 15:56:01 -0700 (PDT)

Calvary Greetings To You,
When the Lord speaks,it would surely come to reality,knowing the truth and
the truth have set me free.Having known the truth,I had no choice than to
do what is lawful and right in the sight of God for eternal life and in
the sight of man
for witness of God?s mercy and glory upon my life. I prayed and got your
email id from your country,s christian guest book I have the pleasure to
share my testimony with you,having seen your contact from the Internet. I
am Mr. Frank Ego,the legal Property Manager to late Mrs. A. Michael,A
Foreign Woman that lived in my Country Nigeria for 21 years before she
died in the Belle view plane crash.October 2005.This woman was a good
Christian,she so Dedicated to God but she lost her husband so early and
she had no child till her death.
Throughout her stayed in my country,she acquired a lot of properties like
Lands,house properties,etc.As her legal adviser,before her death,she
Instructed me to write her WILL.Because she had no child,she dedicated her
wealth to
God.According to the WILL,the properties have to be sold and the money
will begiven out to a Foreign ministry for propagating the word of God:
like building magnificent churches/ministries,Orphanages,Foundation and
less privileges ones.As her legal adviser,all the documents for the
Properties were in my care.She gave me the authority to sell the
properties and give out the fund to a Foreign Ministries for the work of
In short, I sold all the properties after her death,as instructed by Mrs.
A. Michael,before her death.And as matter of fact,after I sold all their
properties,I realized more than $15,000,000.00 (Fifteen million US dollars
plus),and what supposed to be the percentage interest of my right legal
fee was firstly deducted by me out of the total amount realized from the
sold properties,this was based on the initial agreement between me and the
owner of the properties before her death.
Therefore the total amount left to be invested into God's work as
instructed by the owner is $15,000,000.00 (Fifteen million US
dollars)only.But instead of giving the fund out for the work of God as
instructed to me by the owner before her death. I converted the fund to
myself with the intention of investing the fund abroad for my personal
use.I was afraid of putting the fund in the Bank, because I have to give
account to the bank on how I got the money.I then packaged the fund in a
consignment and deposited the consignment with a Security company.I did
not want the management of the Security Company to know the
content of the consignment,therefore I registered the content of the
consignment as "FAMILY TREASURE(Precious items)".Now,the Security company
believes that what I deposited with them was FAMILY TREASURE. I had
encounter with Christ when Rev.
Billy Graham was preaching on television concerning Ananias and Saphira in
Acts 5:1-11.After hearing the word of God,I gave my life to Christ.&l As a
born again Christian,I started reading my bible and one day,the Lord
opened my eyes to Ezekiel 33: 18 and 19 where the word of God says:"When
the righteous truth from his righteousness,and committe iniquity,he shall
even die thereby.But if the wicked turn from his wickedness,and do that
which is lawful and right,he shall live thereby".From the scripture,I
discovered that the only way I could have peace in my life is to do what
is lawful and right by giving out the fund as instructed for the work of
God by the owner before her death.You can confirm through this site:
I have asked God for forgiveness and I know that God have forgiven me.
But I have to do what is lawful and right in the sight of God by giving
out the fund to the chosen ministry for the purpose of God's work as
instructed by the owner before her death.After my fasting and prayers,I
asked God to make his choice and direct me to a honest Christian or the
chosen ministry that deserves this fund by his Grace.I then came across
your address on the Internet as I was browsing through a Christian
site,and as a matter of fact,it is not only you or your ministry that I
picked on the Christian site initially,but after my fervent prayer over
it,then you were nominated to me through divine revelation from God,so
these are how I received such a divine revelation from the Lord,how I got
your contact information,and I then decided to contact you for the fund to
be used wisely for things that will glorify the name of God.I have
notified the
Security Company where I deposited the consignment that contained the
fund,that I am moving the consignment abroad and the Security company You
should also forward to me your full name, your contact address and
telephone and fax number for easy communication and to fax you the
documents concerning the consignment.
Please contact me at my home email address:
Mr. Frank Ego.

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