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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. Lilian Akre <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:38:03 +0200
Subject: My Dear,

From Mrs. Lilian Akre,

My Dear,

My name is Mrs Lilian Akre a nationality of Gambia I am married to
late Mr.Wilson Akre who worked with Gambia embassy in Ivory Coast for
nine years before he died in the month October 2012.We were married
for twenty years with a child. He died after the illness that lasted
for long four days. Before his death we were both born again
Christians. When my late husband was alive we deposited the sum of
$4.5Million (Four Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S.Dollars) with one
of good banks here in Cote d ¤™Ivoire . Presently, this money is
still with the bank.

Recently my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three
months due to my cancer problem. Though what disturbs me most is my
stroke. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to
church or better still a Christian individual that will utilize this
money the way I am going to instruct him. I want a person o r church
that will use this fund to churches, orphanages, research centres and
widows propagating th e word of Go d and to ensure that the house of
God is maintained. The Bible made us to understand that blessed is the
hand that gives. I took this decision because I have a child that will
inherit this money but my son can not carry out this work only himself
because of his age.

I and my late husband decide to use some of the money to work for God
and live some for our son to have a better live. Our son is just 17
year old now and been grow up in Africa , he have low maturity and my
husband's relatives are not Christians and I don't want my family hard
earned money to be misused by unbelievers. I don't want a situation
where this money will be used in an ungodly manner. Hence the reason
for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know
where I am going to. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the
Lord. Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord wil l fight my case and I
shall hold my peace.

I want your telephone communication in this regard because of my
health condition my Doctor told me to avoid receiving telephone call
and also because of the presence of my family relatives around me alw
ays .I don't want any of my husband family relatives to receive this
money. With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your
reply I shall inform you all the necessary requirement you have to
send to me so that I can go to the bank to officially present you as
the actual person that I have directed to handle and manage this money
on behalf20of my family and also give you the contact of the
Finance/bank so that you can go ahead and contact them.

I will also issue you a letter of authority that will empower you as
the new benefic iary of this fund. I want you and the church to always
pray for me because the lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I
live a life of a worthy Christian. Wh oever th a t wants to serve the
Lord must serve him in spirit and truth. Please always be prayerful
all through your life. Any delay in your reply will give me room in
sourcing for a church or Christian individual for this same purpose.
Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated here.

Expecting to hearing from you, Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.
I am waiting for your response.

Remain Blessed

Mrs. Lilian Akre

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