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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: Revrend Voctoria Natalia <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 10:52:37 +0100
Subject: Reverend Victoria Natalia

Dear God Sent,

I will apologies for my intrusion of your privacy since we haven't
meet physically before actually I am Reverend Victoria Natalia
Orphan. I am 71yrs presently, suffering from long time Ear cancer. I
was born here orphan, loved to serve needy once with faith and my
ability from God. I have lived with the memories, histories,love to
live normal life but all to no avail. I spent allot of time suffered
psychologically and mentally and shortly was diagnosed of Pancreatic
Cancer according to physicians. I lived with faith from God praying
earnestly for God intervention, till it came to pass this morning
doctor informed me that I have some months to live I was not
surprised, believing the news in good faith because I already notice
my condition not improving rather get worse every minute of the day.
After the death of Mr. Tracy Obado who was a good man, hard working
and faithful to me, whom i planned to inherits all my wealth, felt so
disappointed death took him unaware. With this little challenge, i
decided to use my saved funds to contribute to Charity Organizations,
Less-privileged ,Widows ,Motherless and Sick people for development of
the churches in the WORLD. I choose you after several prayers through
internet, I am willing to donate the sum of {£4,000.000.00 } FOUR
Million British Pounds Sterling to you for above stated purpose, 35%
of this fund shall go for you and family & remaining 75% is for work
of God for Charity use in your Country. In your return mail i want you
to send me Your Real Names...Home/Office
Address…..Age.....Religion....Phone and a photo of you so i could know
who I'm dealing with and if your faith could not bear my proposal then
ask God for help. Once I receive your response, I shall inform you on
how this Charity funds come to you in a successful process but all I
need from you is Honesty, Truthfulness and Sincerity assuring me that
you will in all honesty and obedience utilize this Charity funds as I
instructs you. In any a case, your response from you will be highly
appreciated as am already asking God to take me because of my present
date. My reasons because I realized that wealth acquisition without
CHRIST is Vanity upon Vanity I Pray May God Almighty give more Grace
power to carry HIS work and the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the
love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you, your
family and Church Parish in Jesus Name Amen.

yours in the Lord,

Reverend Victoria Natalia.

Saint James God Guiding Orphanage Home


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