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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: "Rev.josephmoore" <>
Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2021 19:41:03 +0100
Subject: Greetings In The Name Of Jesus Christ

Dear beloved in the Lord ,
When the Lord speaks, it would surely come to reality. I received Christ,
knowing the truth and the truth have set me free. Having known the truth, I
had no choice than to do what is lawful and right 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 testimony with you; I am Rev.
Joseph Moore, the legal adviser to late Mr. and Mrs Imhuasen Joseph a
Russian couple that lived in my Country for 25 years before they died in
the Bellevue plane crash. They are good Christian, they so Dedicated to God
but they had no child till they died. Throughout their stayed in my
country, they acquired a lot of properties like Lands, house properties,
etc. As their legal adviser, before their death, they instructed me to
write them WILL. Because they had no child, they dedicated their wealth to
God. According to the WILL, the properties have to be sold and the money
will be given out to a ministry for the work of God, Orphanages and less
privileges ones. As Their legal adviser, all the documents for the
Properties were in my care.

They gave me the authority to sale the properties and give out the fund to
the Ministries for the work of God. Then I sold all the properties after
their death, as they instructed and as matter of fact, after I sold all
their properties, I realized more than Fifteen million, five hundred
thousand US Dollars ($15.5m), and what supposed to be the percentage
interest of my right legal fee was firstly deducted by me out of the total
amount realized from the sold properties, this was based on the initial
agreement between me and the owner of the properties before their death.
Therefore, the total amount left to be invested into God's work as
instructed by the owner is Fifteen million, five hundred thousand US
Dollars ($15.5m) only. Instead of giving the main fund out for the work of
God as instructed to me by the owner before their death. I converted the
fund to myself with the intention of investing the fund abroad for my
personal use. I was afraid of putting the fund in the Bank, because I have
to give account to the bank on how I got the money.

I then packaged the fund in consignments and deposited the consignments
with a security company. I did not want the management of the Security
Company to know the content of the consignments; therefore, I registered
the content of the consignments as Gold Bars. Now, the security company
believes that what I deposited with them was Gold Bars. I had encounter
with Christ when Rev. Billy Graham was preaching on television concerning
Ananias and Sapphire in Acts 5:1-11. After hearing the word of God, I gave
my life to Christ and became a born-again Christian. As a born-again
Christian, I started reading my bible and one day, the Lord opened my eyes
to Ezekiel 33: 18 and 19 where the word of God says: "When the righteous
truth from his righteousness, and committed iniquity, he shall even die
thereby. But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is
lawful and right, he shall live thereby". From the scripture, I discovered
that the only way I could have peace in my life is to do what is lawful and
right by Giving out the fund as instructed for the work of God by the owner
before her death.

I have asked God for forgiveness and I know that God have forgiven me. But
I have to do what is lawful and right in the sight of God by giving out the
fund to the chosen ministry for the purpose of God's work as instructed by
the owner before her death. After my fasting and prayers, I asked God to
make his choice and direct me to a honest Christian but after my fervent
prayer over it, then you were nominated to me through divine revelation
from God, so these are how I received such a divine revelation from the
Lord, how I got your contact information, and I then decided to contact you
for the fund to be used wisely for things that will glorify the name of
God. I have notified the Security Company where I deposited the
consignments that contained the fund that I am moving the consignment
abroad and the security company has since been waiting for my authority for
the consignment to leave my country and move to abroad. You should also
forward to me your telephone and fax number for easy communication and to
fax you the documents concerning the consignments.

Prompt response will be highly appreciated.

Yours in Christ.

Rev. Joseph Moore.

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