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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:

Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2013 04:03:19 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Donation From Mrs Roseline Thompson

>From Mrs Roseline Thompson,
Rue 6 Lot 12 Cocody 
Cote d'Ivoire 

Dearest in Christ,

in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I am Mrs Roseline Thompson from
republic of Kuwait. I am married to Mr Micheal Thompson . who worked
with Kuwait embassy in for nine years before he died in the year 2003.
We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief
illness that lasted for only fourteen days. Before his death we were
both born again christian and he was posted to Abidjan Cote D Ivoire and
he took me along.

Since his death I decided not to remarry or
get a child outside my matrimonial home which the word of God is
against. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of
US$8million dollars in a (Finance and Storrage Company) while we were in
Cote d'ivoire . Presently, this money is still in the Company in Cote
d'ivoire and I don't want to leave it there because of my
illness. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next
Eight months due to cancer problem. The one that disturbs me most is my
stroke sickness. 

Having known my condition I decided to donate
this fund to a charity organization that will utilize this money the way
I am going to instruct herein. I want an organization that will use
this fund for orphanages, school and church, 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".I
took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this
money and my husband relatives are not Christians 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 that "the lord will fight
my case and I shall hold my peace". I don't need any telephone
communication in this regard because of my health hence the presence of
my husband's relatives around me always. I don't want them to know about
this development.With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive
your reply I shall give you the contact of the Company in
Cote d'ivoire to enble you contact them and ask them on how to retreave
the money from their Company and deliver it to you in your Country.. 

will also issue you a power of attorney and letter of authorization
that will prove you the present beneficiary of this fund. I want you and
the church 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

please get back to me as soon as you receive this massage
so that i will give you the Contact of the Company. delay in your reply
will not give me room in sourcing another person or church for this same
purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated
herein. Hoping to receive your reply. 

Remain blessed in the Lord.

Yours in Christ,

Sister Roseline Thompson

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