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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. Joy Wilford" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2012 12:42:38 -0400

Dear In The Lord,
I am the above named person from Netherlands .I am married to Dr.Franklyn Wilford, who worked with Netherlands Embassy in the USA for nine years before his death on December 2009.We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death, we were both born again . When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $25.6 Million Dollars with a Bank in United States of America.
Presently, this money is still with the bank  in US. And the management just wrote me as the beneficiary to step forward  for claims of my late husband  FUND, or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody  to receive it on my behalf since I cannot come to Us, due to my illness here in London, And again, I'm with my laptop in a hospital where I have  been undergoing  treatment for cancer which had indicated to my Doctor that I would not last for the next four months according to his statement.
It is my last wish to see this money distributed to charity organizations, churches because our relatives have plundered so much of our wealth since my husband's death and my illness too.  I cannot live with the agony of entrusting this huge responsibility to any of them. Please, I beg you in the name of God to help me and utilize the above mentioned funds and its interest and distribute it accordingly.
Having known my Condition I decided to donate this fund to church or  individual  Organization that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here. I want a person that has God fearing in him/her. Someone that will use this money on churches, or orphanages etc propagating the word of God and to ensure that the house of God is maintained. Because my Bible made me to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took this decision because I donít have any child that will inherit this money.  I don't want a Situation where this money will be used in an ungodly Manner.
My happiness is that I lived a worthy life . So 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. Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life.
As soon As I receive your reply I shall introduce you to our family attorney to introduce you to the bank where the Fund is being deposited by my late Husband. I will Also issue you a letter of authorization that will empower You as the rightful  beneficiary  next of kin to my late husband, I want you and the church to always pray for me because the lord is my Shepherd
Please I donít need any telephone Communication in this regard because of my health and the presence of my husband's relatives around me always. I donít want them to know about this Development. Any delay in your Reply will give me room in searching for a church or individual  Organization  for this same purpose so your urgent response is needed immediately.
Kindly reply direct to my private email for further details ( )
Yours Sister in the Lord,
Mrs. Joy Wilford

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