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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. Roseline Williams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2016 08:58:10 +0100
Subject: Donation


I am Mrs. Roseline Williams from France I am married to Dr.Williams who
worked with France embassy in Ghana for nine years before he died in the
year 2010.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
into humanitarian work. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a
child outside my matrimonial home.

When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of 3.8 Million
U.S.Dollars) with one BANK in Ghana. 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 cancer problem. Though what disturbs me most is my stroke
Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to
church,mosque,companies,organizations or better still an individual who has
the fear of God in him/her that will utilize this money the way I am going
to instruct here in.

I want a church, mosque, companies, and organizations or individual that
will use this to fund churches, orphanages and widows propagating the bottom
line are to use the money to do good things. we believe that Blessed is the
hand that giveth. I took this decision because I don't have any child that
will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians and I
don't want my husband's 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. 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. I don't need any telephone communication in this regard
because of my health, because of the presence of my 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 rep

The information is as follows;

1. YOUR FULL NAME: -----------------------
2. YOUR HOME ADDRESS: -----------------------
3. YOUR CURRENT HOME TELEPHONE: -----------------------
4. YOUR CONTACT PHONE: -----------------------
5. YOUR COUNTRY: -----------------------

My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy family. Whoever that wants
to serve the God must serve well. Please always be prayerful all through
your life. And any delay in your reply will give me room in searching for a
church, mosque, companies, organizations or individual for this same
purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein.

Hoping to hearing from you.


Mrs. Roseline Williams.

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