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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. Alia Abdul" <>
Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2019 03:52:31 +0000
Subject: From Mrs. Alia Abdul

Dearest in Christ,
I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; I am Mrs. Alia Abdul
from Syria. I am married to Dr. Ali Abdul who worked with Syrian
embassy in Burkina Faso for nine years before he died in the year 2015
from a bomb attack in Damascus Syria. We were married as Muslims for
20 years without a child, and later we converted to born again

Since the death of my husband I decided not to remarry or get a child
outside my matrimonial home which the Bible is against. When my late
husband was alive he deposited the sum of usd$25.3 million dollars in
a Bank in Burkina Faso because he was an industralist and also a
member of board of directors of Canadian Gold Mining company in
Burkina Faso. Presently, this money is still in the bank. Recently, my
Doctor just told me that I would not last for the next two months due
to cancer problem in my body.

The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having known my
health condition I decided to donate this money to any individual or
charity organization that will utilize this money the way I am going
to instruct herein.

I want any individual or organization that will use this money to help
refugees, widows, orphanages, schools and churches to do the work of
God and to endeavour that the house of God is maintained. The Bible
made me 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 husband relatives have all displaced due to the war going
on in Syria and i cannot return this money to Syria because I don't
want this money to be used by unbelievers committing atrocities
killing innocent souls in Syria.

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 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". With God all things are possible. As
soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Bank
in Burkina Faso and forward you all the necessary documents related to
deposit of the money.

I will also issue you an authority letter that will prove you the
present beneficiary of this money from High Court. I want you and the
church to always pray for me because the lord is my shepherd. My
happiness is that I 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. Contact me on
my email, any delay in your reply may give me room to contact another
person for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act
accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to receive your reply soon.

Remain blessed in the Lord.
Yours sister in Christ.
Mrs. Alia Abdul.

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