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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: Heng-Loung George Lee <>
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2021 18:11:48 +0000

Dear Beloved


May God be with you and richly bless you as you read this without
prejudice. Amen!
I am Rev Heng-Loung George Lee from Vancouver, B.C, Canada. To the
Glory of God, I was privileged to be a close friend and confidant to
a late brother in Christ Rev. Abraham Allistone, who worked
tirelessly both in his private life and in the service of God in his
lifetime before his divine call. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

In all my association with this late brother and friend, this
revelation, the object of this mail was never made known to me because
the late Rev. Abraham Allistone lived a very disciplined life. He was
wealthy before he went into ministry and adequately provided for his
family and also cared for people who were opportuned to come in close
contact with him.

However, shortly before his call to eternal Glory, he had summoned me
to his sick bed and made me promise to carry out his last wishes as a
trusted friend and confidant. I promised without knowing what he was
about to say and also, at the time, I believed he was not going to

Well, he told me he had some funds which he registered with a
Mortgage and Finance Company, which he intended to be used for
charity,ministry, evangelical work or otherwise when he was gone,
but did not want his immediate family to know about for fear of
subversion of his promise and pledge to God.

He then prayed for me and blessed me trusting that I would not subvert
his pledge to God. Before he died, he gave me information concerning
the fund and what I was to do. With all due respect to him, I waited
for the completion of the burial rites and mourning and other sundry
matters concerning him before proceeding to reach you.

I have prayed concerning this issue for God's guidance and if in your
heart you genuinely desire to use this fund for charity work in any
form whether for orphanage , ministry, evangelical work or otherwise
in relation to God's work, do get in touch with me and let us pray
together over this before we can make further arrangements.

God bless you once again and as you receive, give God all the Glory.

Yours in the Lord,

Rev Heng-Loung George Lee

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