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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand american dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "remain blessed" (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Sister Grace <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2021 07:14:24 +0000
Subject: GREETING IN THE NAME OF THE LORD
Dearest in Christ,
GREETING IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD
I hope you will not be embarrassed after receive this mail as we have
not had previous correspondences on this before. I got your email
address through the assistance of Microsoft churches prayer request
I hope you will not impede the trust and confidence I repose in you.
In brief introduction. I am Mrs Aamaal Al-Rasheed by Islamic name
before I repented and named (Sister Grace) in Christianity name. I am
married to late Mr.Mohammed Ahmed Ben Al Rasheed, who was the Saudi
Arabian ambassador in Ivory Coast before his murdered to death in the
We were married for Eighteen years without a child. Before the
untimely death of my beloved husband. You can click on the below
website to read the news about my late husband.
After his burial ceremonies was conducted by his Muslim brothers, I
repented and became a fully born again Christian through the preaching
of late Rev Father Joseph Bill during his condolence visit to me when
he visited Ivory Coast. I was touched by the spirit of GOD through his
preaching and became repented as a Christian and I was given Sister
Grace as baptized name.
I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home
which the Bible is against and also because I fully believed, if my
late husband was alive, he would have also repented and get baptize
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of Two Million
five hundred thousand American Dollars ((US$2.5, 000,000 M) in a
General Trust Account with Advanced Bank Of Asian groups in Cambodia.,
and this money was still online account which was confirmed to me by
the Board of management .
I would have donate the funds here in Ivory Coast in West Africa but
due to the amount of corruptions here, were the Ivory Coast
Government embezzled some European Union aid to the charities, I
became afraid of them to donate the funds over here. For more
information, you can click the below website to read the news of Ivory
Coast Government embezzled the European Union aid
Recently, following my ill health. Doctors have told me of my
decorating ill health due to my cancer problem. Having known my
condition, I decided to donate this fund to a Christian organization
(Church) or believer in Christ who will utilize this money the way I
am going to instruct herein. I decided to donate the money out as my
spirit directed me.
I want this fund to be used in Christian Activities like, Orphanages,
Christian schools, and Churches for propagating the word of God and to
endeavour that the house of God is maintained. The Bible made us to
understand that "Blessed is the hand that gives". I took this decision
because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and my
husband relatives are still Muslims and I don't want my husband's
efforts to be used by unbelievers.
As Muslim tradition describe, if I mistakenly go back to Saudi Arabia,
believed me, I will be stolen overnight by my late husband's relatives
and even my own parent will support them in any action they decided to
take against me as they are the same Muslim. So that is why I don't
want them to know about this project.
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 as a Christian. 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 don't need any
telephone communication in this regard because of my health condition.
With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply, I
shall give you the contact of the advanced Bank of Asian Groups in
Cambodia. I will also give you the online Bank account number and the
transfer pin code and the document that will prove that you the
present beneficiary of this fund. You can transfer the fund to any
bank account of your choice without any problem.
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 this
e-mail address :( firstname.lastname@example.org) any delay in your reply
might be a reason for me to contact another believer or Church for
this same purpose.
Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein.
Remain blessed in the Lord.
Yours in Christ
Sister Grace Al-Rasheed