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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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Fraud email example:

From: Amina Jones <>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 21:18:58 +0100
Subject: My dearest in Christ,

My dearest in Christ,

I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, we have to worship God
the almighty with all our heart, because we have determined to remain under
the covering of his anointing, Obedience to his purpose and living a life
that honors him will keep us under his hand of blessing. I hope you and
your family are safe in this time of the deadly disease called Covid-19
which took away the life of my late beloved husband in Wuhan China, please
be safe and remain blessed.

Thanks for your email response and as you read this email, may God bless
you as you devote your time reading this mail. actually I contacted you for
a divine project towards humanity since my present health condition could
not permit me to do it all by myself.

Kindly accept my sincere apology for replying to you late, it is because of
my bad health which is my reason for contacting you for a charity project,
meanwhile, before I proceed I would like to officially introduce myself to
you, my name is Mrs. Amina Jones, writing to you from London, England. I'm
suffering from cancerous ailments. I was married to Late Mr. Williams M.
Jones my late husband worked with an oil company Chevron / Texaco in London
United Kingdom for twenty years before he died in the year 2019 December in
Wuhan China over covid-19 corona virus, it happened that my late husband
was among the first covid-19 infected death victims during the first
covid-19 out break because it was quite unfortunate that he was in Wuhan
China during that period on a business trip when covid-19 started.

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 {GBP £1,200.000.00} one million
two hundred thousand British pounds in a Bank here in London, United
Kingdom, presently, this money is still in the bank.

Recently my doctor told me that I would not last for the next 48 days due
to my cancer problem. The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness.
Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a charity
organization or to an individual that will utilize this money the way I'm
going to instruct herein, and it was according to the wish/desire of my
husband and I before he died.

I have decided to donate this fund to charity homes through you and want
you to use my husband's effort to fund the upkeep of widows and charities
to provide succor for the less privileged once in your country and beyond
as much as you can for the glory of God. I want you to kindly use this fund
for orphanages, schools, churches and widows, propagating the word of God
and to endeavor that the house of God is maintained.

I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this
money and my husband's relatives are bourgeois and very wealthy persons and
I do not want my husband's hard earned money to be misused, so in this
faith I have decided to do this for the glory of God, so please be obliged
to do this for GOD through humanity.

Note: you will take 30% percent out of the total funds for your personal
use to and support your family and business as compensation for helping me
to do this work of God. And the remaining 70 % percent, you will use it for
this good and generous work of God as I want this to be one of the last
good deeds I do on earth so far before my deadly time comes.

Most importantly, please note: that this transaction is 100% percent risk
free hence everything regards to this transaction will be handled with top
legality and transparency, in fact, There are practically no risks
involved, for the fact that this transaction will be executed under a
legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law, it
will be simply a bank-to-bank transfer. I will also issue you an authority
letter that will prove you the present beneficiary of this fund.

Please if you would be able to use this fund for God's work as I stated,
kindly get back to me immediately hence any delay to your reply will enable
me to source for another person for this same purpose. Therefore, get back
to me immediately after reading this email so that I will give you all the
details as I anticipate your prompt response ASAP. Thanks and remain
blessed in the Lord. With God all things are possible.

Yours sincerely sister and always in Christ,
Mrs. Amina Jones.

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