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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: Mirs Zara <>
Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2021 19:05:22 +0100

Dear Blessed One

How are you doing? Hope all is well with you and your family? You may not
understand why this mail came to you but it is to let you celebrate with me
after the past difficulties which we went through when we are having a
business transaction which eventually we fail to concluded.

I am using this opportunity to inform you that this business has finally
been concluded with the assistance of another partner from London who
financed the transaction to a logical conclusion and also proposed to marry
me, but I want to thank you for your great effort to our unfinished
transfer of the fund into your account due to one reason or the other best
known to you.

But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund out
of my bank to my new partner's account in London that was capable of
assisting me financially in this great venture . However, due to your
effort, sincerity, courage and trust worthiness You showed during the
course of the transaction, I want to compensate you and show my gratitude
to you with the sum of $250,000.00, I have left a certified international
bank draft for you worth of $250,000.00 cash able anywhere in the world.

My dear , I will like you to contact God's Foundation I'ntl. Church,
Reverend Peter Sall on this email address at: ( )
and his telephone number +221 70 65 255 70 for the collection of your bank
draft. I authorized him to release the Bank Draft to you whenever you
contact him requesting for it. At the moment, I am very busy here in
London because of the investment projects which I and the new partner are
having at hand. Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith
as this is from the bottom of my heart and also comply with Reverend Peter
Sall's directives so that he will send the draft to you without any delay.

NOTE: You are advised to contact Reverend Peter Sall, immediately because
he is the only person I left the order with on how to deliver the check
draft to you, and you may call him immediately whenever that you received
this message for more information through the instruction I left.

CONTACT: Rev. Peter Sall.
Parish Pastor
(God's Foundation I'ntl. Church )
Email revpius( )
Tel: +221 70 65 255 70

Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number
inclusive of your current house mailing address where you want him to send
the draft to you.

Thanks and God bless you and your family.

Hoping to hear from you again .

From Yours Friend,

Mrs. Zara

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