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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: "Mrs. Aminatu Bolkiah" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 21:24:44 +0430

Asallamu alaikum to you !
May the peace and blessings of Allah be with you as you make a decision towards helping my family from this unjust agony and endless trial's with matter's i know nothing about.

Please do not be surprised to receive my email. Though we might not have a personal relationship or have met each other, we could work together on this project I am about to introduce to you. First I would like to introduce myself. My name Mrs.Aminatu Bolkiah wife to
ex-finance minister of brunei , currently under house arrest for conspiracy of tax inflation receipts/revenue allocated funds for small scale businesses which also led to the death of my husband in 2003.

Being his first wife, I was his closest confidant. he shared with me virtually everything, so i had no reason to let go what we had worked for all these years, I am also aware due to our cordial relationship that he deposited some family valuables with a Uk based company, he told me about it and asked me to prepare a codicil to reflect the claim.However before this could be completed, he died.

After the death in 2003, I went into action to establish the information passed unto me by my husband and my findings agreed with the information. At that point, I knew I had to do something to move the funds out of the finance company where it was deposited. Bearing at the back of my mind that I cannot do this alone, I have decided to contact you and seek your assistance and acceptance to be the next of kin to the funds for claim.

Aside my humble self, is the UK based finance company affilates to South African Embassy where our valuables was deposited.

If willing , I shall introduce some details and documents that will enable you have clear picture of your task and obligations, with referrence to my PROPOSED INVESTMENT which i plead with you to handle with deligence and care.

without further delay kindly visit the web site for a more clearer and better understanding of the magnitude and ernomity of this matter : '

I confirm a telephone number with you in trust that you will understand my suituation and put justice where it belongs as we await patiently towards Allah's intervention.

while waiting , plss call this number only on weekends 006732227412 as i hardly find time to access my emails or better still drop your number so i make out time to call you

Mrs. Aminatu Bolkiah

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