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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. Margret Edward" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2018 15:43:22 -0700



My name is Margret Edward (Mrs.).Naturally, this letter might come to you as a surprise, since we have not met before. it is by the grace of God that this took ocurred, knowing the truth and the truth shall set me free. Having known the truth, i had no choice than to do what is lawful and rightful 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 life briefly history with you and also prayed over it, God revealed to me that you are genuine hearted and can do this work.

I am the above named person from USA. I am married to Dr.Martins Edward who worked with USA COMPANY in EUROPE for nine years before his death on March 2014.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
Christians.When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of Twenty Five million, five hundred thousand us dollars ($25.5) with FINANCE HOUSE.

Altogether, I have decided to give alms to charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations in the U.A.E,London and Ireland. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself any more. Presently, this money
is still with the FINANCE HOUSE. And the management just wrote me as the wife of the depositor to come forward to receive the money or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf since I cannot come over there due to my illness. Again, I’m with my laptop in a hospital where i have been
undergoing treatment for cancer which had indicated to my doctor that i would not last for the next four months according to his statement.

So it is my last wish to see this money distributed to charity organizations, churches because our relatives have plundered so much of our wealth after my husband's death and my illness got deteriorated. I cannot live with the agony of entrusting this huge responsibility to any of them. Please, I beg you in the name
of god to help me and utilize the above mentioned funds and its interest and distribute it accordingly.

Having known my condition i decided to donate this fund to church or a Christian individual that will utilize this money the way i am going to instruct herein. I want a person that has God fearing. Someone that will use this money on churches, orphanages etc propagating the word of God and to ensure 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 don't have any child that will inherit this Money. My husband relatives are not Christians and i don't want this hard earned money to be misused by unbelievers. I don't want a situation where this money
will be used in an ungodly manner.

My happiness is that i lived a life of a worthy Christian. So i am not afraid of death hence i know where i am going. I know that i am going to be in the bossom of the lord. Exodus 14 vs 14 say that; the lord will fight my case and i shall hold my peace. Whoever that wants to serve the lord must serve him in spirit and
truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life.

Please i don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health and the presence of my husband's relatives around me always. I don't want them to know about this
development. Any delay in your reply will give me room in searching for a church or Christian individual for this same purpose.

Please kindly contact me for arrangements regarding this transaction and assure me that you will act accordingly as i stated herein and you can not betray me once you receive this money into your account. I want you and the church to always pray for me. Please for more details contact me.

Thanks and may God Almighty Guide and bless you upon helping me with this project Amen

Hoping to hear from you soonest for more details

Yours sister in the lord,
Mrs. Margret Edward

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