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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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Fraud email example:

From: "BRO.PIETRO" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:32:34 -0000
Subject: GOD'S WORK

Dear Beloved in Christ,

It is by the grace of God that I received Christ, knowing the truth and the
truth have set me free. Having known the truth, I had no choice than to do
what is lawful and right in the sight of God for eternal life and in the
sight of man for witness of God´s mercy and glory upon my life.
I have the pleasure to share my testimony with you, having seen your
contact from the Internet. I am Barrister Pietro Luciano, the legal adviser
to late Mr. and
Mrs. Bright Bruno, an American couple that lived in my Country ITALY before
they both died in a church collapse last year. These couples were good
Christians, they so dedicated to God but they had no child till they died.
Throughout their stay in my country, they acquired a lot of properties like
lands, house properties, etc.

As their legal adviser, before their death, the husband Mr. Bright Bruno
instructed me to write his WILL. Because they had no child, they dedicated
their wealth to God. According to the WILL, the properties have to be sold
and the money be given out to a ministry for the work of God. As their legal
adviser, all the documents for the properties were in my care. He gave me
the authority to sell the properties and give out the fund to the Ministries
for the work of God.
In short, I sold all the properties after their death, as instructed by Mr.
Bright Bruno before his death. And as matter of fact, after I sold all
their properties, I realized more than $8,000,000.00 ,to be invested into
God's work as instructed by the owner. But Instead of giving the main fund
out for the work of God as instructed to me by the owner before his death. I
converted the fund to myself with the intention of investing the fund abroad
for my personal use.

I had encounter with Christ when Pastor Paul Adefarasin was preaching at
the Last 2016 EXPERIENCE at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos concerning
Ananias and Saphira
in Acts 5:1-11. After hearing the word of God, I gave my life to Christ and
became a born again Christian. As a born again Christian, I started reading
my bible and one day, the Lord opened my eyes to Ezekiel 33: 18 and 19 where
the word of God says: "When the righteous truth from his righteousness, and
committee iniquity, he shall even die thereby. But if the wicked turn from
his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live
thereby". From the scripture, I discovered
that the only way I could have peace in my life is to do what is lawful and
right by giving out the fund as instructed for the work of God by the owner
before his death.
So if you know that you will use this fund honestly and wisely for things
that will glorify God's name, then do contact me back first through my
private Tel(+39-373360043) Or Personal Assistant
Email( should also forward to me your full
name and address, telephone and fax number for easy communication and to fax
you the documents
concerning the God's work.
Your prompt response will be highly appreciated.
Yours in Christ.

Barrister Pietro Luciano.

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