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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: Vera Edward <>
Reply-To: Vera Edward <>
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2018 05:30:26 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Claim of donation funds!!!

The claim of donation funds!!!

This message might come to you as a surprise. However, it all just my urgent needs for a partner. That’s made me contact you for this urgent transaction for the work of God Almighty. My name is Mrs. Vera Edward from the United States, I'm a widow suffering from Breast Cancer and Stroke, which denied me a child, as a result, I may not last till the next two months according to my doctor report. I'm married to late Pastor Bailey Edward, and we were married for many years without any issue of a child before his death. I'm 68 years old woman. I have some funds which I inherited from my late husband the sum of (5.8 million dollars) which I needed a very honest and God fearing person who will claim the funds from the bank and use the funds for work of God Affair donation in the house of God, like propagating the good news of God and to endeavor God worshiping place and help less-privileged. I found your profile and I decided to contact you for the donation work of God Affair.

According to my doctor report, I don't need any telephone communication in this regards because of my health. The reason why taking this bold decision my husband's relatives are not Christians and I don't want my family hard earn money to be misused by unbelievers, I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner. I am not afraid of death hence 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 will like you to understand that my contact with you is a divine direction from God Almighty after all my prayers.

God opened my eyes to the book of Ecclesiastes 6, verses 1 & 2.Read this scripture and you will understand that there are people in this world that God gave the grace to acquire wealth yet God did not give them the grace to enjoy the wealth. I happened to fall into the same category now it is the wish of God. When God revealed to me to use my wealth to do his work in his kingdom, I understood that God was testing me like He tested Abraham and other men of God. Abraham needed a child and God asked him to use his only son for sacrifice, Abraham was faithful. He obeyed and God made him the father of many nations. Please if you will use this fund as I stated in this letter then direct your reply immediately.

Please if you would be able to use this funds for the work of God Affair as I stated contact me back as urgent so that I will lead you to Ally Bank Limited International in Washington DC where this fund was deposited by my late husband Pastor Bailey Edward, for you to retrieve the funds in your name as the next of kin for work of God Affair thanks. I will stop here until I hear from you soonest. Please kindly contact me at my private email: (

Always pray for my health,
May God bless you In Jesus name amen.
Sister Vera Edward

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