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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: davidmary559 <>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:12:11 -0700
Subject: hello my dear

Donation for God's work

My dearest In Christ,

greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ our Lord, we have to
worship our Lord Jesus Christ with all our heart, because we have
determined to remain under the covering of his anointing, Obedience to
his purpose and living a life that honours him will keep us under his
hand of blessing.

name is Mrs.Mary David  62 years old of age from South Africa now
undergoing medical treatment here in General Hospital here in cote
d'ivoire, I am married to Late Dr.David Ali,he worked with South Africa
embassy for many years before he died in the year 2011 after a brief
illness that lasted for only 2
days, We were married for 18 years without a child.

his death we were both born again Christian. When my late husband was
alive he deposited the sum of Three  thousand US Dollars ($
in one of the famous bank here in cote d'ivoire. Presently, these funds
are still in the bank. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not
last for the next 3 Months due to cancer problem. The one that disturbs
me most is my stroke sickness.

known my condition I decided to donate these funds to you, and I
Strongly believe that you will utilise this money the way I am going to
instruct here in. I want you to use these funds to provide succour to
poor and indigent persons, orphanages/Albinos and widows also for
propagating peace in the universe, and to make sure that the house of
God is maintained. Meanwhile as soon as the funds is transferred to you,
You have
to take 30% percent of the total funds for your personal use to support
your family and business as well, and the rest 70% percent you will use
it for this divine project to the glory of God, I want this to be one
of my last good deeds on earth so that even if I die my soul will rest
in peace.

took this decision to donate this funds to you because I don't have any
child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not
inclined to helping poor persons and I don't want my husband's efforts
hard earned money to be used by unbelievers nor to be misused or spent
in the manner in which my late husband did not specify. This is the
reason for taking this bold 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"

don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my
health hence the presence of my late 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 bank here in cote d'ivoire. I will also issue you a
letter of authority that will prove and empower you as the present
beneficiary of these funds in the bank. I want you to always pray for
me. My happiness is that I lived a life worthy of emulation. Whosoever
that wants to serve the Almighty must serve him with all his heart and
mind and always be prayerful all through your life.

delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for an individual for
this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act according to
specification herein. Hoping to hearing from you. Thank you and May the
Almighty God bless you.

Remain blessed in the Lord.

Yours in Christ.
Mrs.Mary David

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