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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: "Dr. Malik Binta" <dr1@luxmail.com> (may be fake)
Reply-To: dr_binta45@hotmail.com
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 23:04:47 +0430
Subject: PLS CONSIDER

Dear Friend,
This letter may come to you as a surprise due to the fact that we have not yet met. I have to say that I have no intentions of causing you any pains so decided to contact you through this medium. As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe everyone will die someday.
My name is Dr. Malik Binta a business merchant in Dubai, in the U.A.E. I have been diagnosed with prostate and esophageal Cancer that was discovered very late due to my laxity in caring for my health. It has defiled all form of medicine 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 focus 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 I know my time is near, I have willed and given most of my properties and assets to my immediate and extended family members and as well as a few close friends and Schools in the UAE. 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, London, Malaysia, and Ireland.
Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this my self any more. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and donate the money, which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria, Rwanda and Tsunami's Victims 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 is the huge cash $24.Million that i deposited with a Diplomatic Firm Affiliated to South African Embassy in {U.A.E} Dubai .I will want you to help me collect this deposit and Dispatched it to charity organizations and let them know that it is I Dr. Malik Binta
that is making this generous donation. Please note that the Diplomat are not aware of the content in the trunk box, it was deposited as Family Valuables such as Gold Jewelries.
I am writing this from my laptop computer in my hospital bed in London where I wait for my time to come. I pray that God uses you to support and assist me with good heart, reply me on my alternative email
May the blessings of God be with you.

Dr. Malik Binta


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