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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: "Mrs. Regina Anna Edenhart" <>
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2017 08:15:46 +0700
Subject: Apostolic Greetings !!!

Apostolic Greetings !!!

Dearest In Christ.

God will grant you the willingness and interest to digest this humble
narrations though it might be so surprise and strange to believe my
story but i knew by the reason of the almighty you will
humbly understood and accept to proceed with my proposal though we have
not met or seen each other before.

My name is Mrs. Regina Anna Edenhart a widow to Mr. Erhard Holtmann
Edenhart who was a competent business man here in Germany, we were
married for many years without any child till his death in October 2009
after a brief illness. Due to the promise which i revered to him
on the alter at the day of our church wedding i decided not to remarry
or get a child outside my matrimonial home which is against the holy

My happiness is that my late husband lived a life of a true & worthy
Christian and he has this plan before his death which he pleaded with me
to appropriate it to accomplishment.

He took this decision with me to use this fund in building an
orphanage in his name that will accommodate thousand's of children, and
also to use part of this fund in helping the less fortunate and to
spread the gospel of the lord to the remote places of the world. He made
this deposit of $( 2.7 Million ) USD, Two million Seven hundred thousand
in a Finance Security Company here in Germany. Recently, my Doctor told
me that i would not last for the next 5 months due to cancer & stroke

Having known my condition i decided to seek for a competent and
reliable God fearing person or church to entrust this fund to utilize
this fund the way i narrated above as my late husband desired.

The Bible made us to understand 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 late husband's relatives are not Christians
and I don't want my late husband's efforts to be used by unbelievers.

I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly
way. This is why I am taking this decision. I am not afraid of death
hence i know where i am going. I don't need any telephone
communication in this regard because of my health hence the presence of
my husband's relatives are around me always. i don't want them to know
about this development.

As soon as i receive your reply i shall give you the relevant
documents that will legalize you to have access over this fund. I will
also issue you an affidavit that will prove you the present
beneficiary of this fund in the Finance Security Company. I want you and
the church to always pray for me because the lord is my shepherd.

My happiness is that i and my late husband lived a life of a worthy
Christian. Whoever that Wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit
and Truth.

Please always be prayerful all through your life and pray to God to
forgive me my sins. Contact me on my private email bellow, any delay in
your reply will give me room in sourcing for another church or a God
fearing person for this same purpose.

Please assure me that you will act accordingly as i stated herein.
Hoping to receive your reply.

Your's Sister In Christ,
Mrs. Regina Anna Edenhart.

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