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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: Rebeca Mendez <>
Reply-To: Rebeca Mendez <>
Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2016 17:38:34 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Dear in Christ,

Dear in Christ,

I greet you in the name of our lord Jesus Christ our Lord that i am Mrs Rebecca Mendez from Republic of Kuwait, I married to Mr.
Steve Mendez whom worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died on 14/3/2011.

We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death we were both born again Christian. Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my Bible which is against.

When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $ 3.500million dollars of state in a bank here in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire West Africa. Presently, this money is still in the bank. Recently, my doctor told me I would not last for the next eight months due to cancer problem.

the one that Disturb me 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, schools, churches, 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 do not have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians and I do not want my husband's efforts to be used by people who do not believe in God.

I do not want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way. This is the reason why I am taking this decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I'm going. I know I'll be in the bosom of Lord's, Exodus 14 VS 14 says that "the Lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace

I do not need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health hence the presence of my husband's relatives around me always. I do not 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 in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire West Africa.

I will also issue a letter that will prove you the present beneficiary of this fund from the ministry of justice, Cote d'Ivoire. I want you and the church to always pray for me because the lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian ..

Whoever wants to serve the Lord must serve him in truth and esprit.
Please always be prayerful all through your life any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another church For the same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein. Hoping to receive your reply soon.

Remain blessed in the Lord.

Yours sister in Christ,

Rebeca Mendez.

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