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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: "BROTHER CLAY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 02:57:59 -0000
Subject: GOD'S WORK

Dearest In Christ,

I am compelled by the Holy Spirit to send out an urgent message to you. God is a spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. I want you to count it a privilege to be the person chosen by God to receive this fund for expension of God's Kingdom.

2 Tim. 2:21"If a man therefore cleanse himself from them, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, meet for the Master's use, prepared unto every good work"

A New Convert willed the sum of $2.8M USD for propagation of the Gospel after he was healed of Cancer. You have been chosen to be the one to supervise this God's work based on divine revealation.Get back to me for more details.(

Bro.Clay H Gajinder

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