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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: salimibrahim1@handbag.com
Date: Sat, 28 May 2005 11:16:42 +0200
Subject: PLEASE I NEED YOUR URGENT ASSISTANCE

Dear Friend,
My name is SALIM IBRAHIM a merchant in Dubai, in the U.A.E.I have been diagnosed
with Esophageal cancer It has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and
right now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts.

I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for
anyone (not even myself) but mybusiness.
Though I am very rich, I was never generous,I was always hostile to people
and only focused on my business as that was the only thing I cared for. But
now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just
wanting to have or make all the money in the world.
I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this world I would
live my life a different way from how I have lived it. Now that God has called
me, I have willed and given most of my property and assets to my immediate
and extended family members as well as a few close friends.
I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, I have decided to
give also to charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the last
good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributedmoney to some charity
organizations in the U.A.E, Algeria and Malaysia. Now that my health hasdeteriorated
so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore.
I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute
the money which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria and Pakistan,
they refused and kept the money to themselves.
Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with
what I have left for them.

The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of (Twenty
million five hundred thousand u.s dollars) that I have with a finance/Security
Company abroad.
I will want you to help me collect this consignment and dispatched it to
charity organizations.

I have set aside 15% for you and for your time.
God be with you.

SALIM IBRAHIM

NOTE: Please do get back to me no this email
address:salimibrahi@netscape.net so i could give you the full details about

the funds.





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