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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: "Mr.Faroog Yousuf" <far_yousuf@z6.com> (may be fake)
Reply-To: Mr.Faroog.Yousuf@vmx30.multikabel.net
Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 13:19:03 +0400
Subject: waiting your kind reply!!!

Dear Friend.
Before I will introduce myself, I would like to assure you that this is
Not a junk mail. I hope and pray to GOD that I have the right person.
As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I
believe everyone will die someday.
My name is Mr farood yousuf, 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 my business. 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 alms to charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the
last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed money to some
charity organizations in the U.A.E,Algeria and Malaysia. Now that my
health has deteriorated 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 seven million dollars $27,000,000,that I have with a
finance/Security Company abroad. I will want you to help me collect this deposit
and dispatched it to charity organizations.
I have set aside 10% for you for your time and patience. please send a
reply through this email address (far_yousuf@yahoo.com) with your
full contact information for more private and confidential
communication.
God be with you.
Mr,faroog yousuf


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