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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: Sat, 9 Feb 2013 11:28:10 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: From. Mrs joyce

From. Mrs joyce
I am Mrs.Joycee Williame from Solomon Island. I am married to Mr. EdwardWilliame who worked with our Embassy in cote d'ivoire for nine yearsbefore he died .We were married for eleven years without a child. He diedafter a brief illness that lasted for only four days.
Before his death we were both born again Christian. Since his death Idecided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home whichthe Bible is against.
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $7,300,000 millionunited. State dollars. With a security company firm here. Now, I want youto do me a favor to receive this fund there in your country or any saferplace. Base on my health condition, my Doctor told me that I would notlast for the next Eight months due to cancer problem. Having known mycondition I decided to donate this fund to a church, organization or goodperson that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein.I want a church, organization or good person that will use this fund fororphanages, widows and other peoples that needs help and also propagatingthe word of God and to endeavor that the house of God is being maintained.
The Bible made us to understand that Blessed is the hand thatgiveth".ltook this decision because I don't have any child that willinherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians not evengood at all because they are the one that are responsible for the death ofmy husband in other to have all my late husband properties and I don'twant my husband's efforts to be used by those that conspired for hisdeath.
This is why I am taking this decision, I am not afraid of death hence Iknow where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of theLord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord will fight my case and I shallhold my peace. I don't need any telephone communication regarding thisbecause of my health hence the presence of my husband's relatives aroundme always. I don't want them to know about this development and l knowsthat With God all things are possible.
As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of theSecurity Company here in cote d'ivoireI will also issue a letter of authorization to the security company thatwill prove you the present beneficiary of this money. I also want you,church or organization to always pray for me because the lord is myonlyshephard.
My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever thatwants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth. Please alwaysbe prayerful all through your life. Pls any delay in your reply will giveme room in sourcing another good person, church, organization for thissame purpose.I will like to let you know that i have paid for all theaccumulative bills for this.
Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hopingto receive your response immediately.
Thanks and best regardYours Faithfully,Mrs Joyce Williame

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