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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: "suha arafat" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2006 09:06:47 -0800

Dear Friend,
This mail may not be surprising to you if
you have been following
current events in the international media
with reference to the Middle East and Palestine in particular. I am
Mrs. SUHA ARAFAT, the wife of YASSER ARAFAT, the Palestinian leader
died recently in Paris.Since his death and even prior to the
announcement, I have been thrown into a state of antagonism,
humiliation, frustration
and hopelessness by the present
leadership of the Palestinian
Liberation Organization and the new
Prime Minister.
I have even been subjected to physical and
psychological torture. As
a widow that is so traumatized, I have lost
confidence with everybody
in the country at the moment. You must have
heard over the media reports
and the Internet on the discovery of some
fund in my husband,secret
bank account and companies and the
allegations of some huge sums of money deposited by my husband in my
name of which I have refuses to disclose or give up to the corrupt
Palestine Government. In fact the total sum allegedly discovered by
the Government so far is in the tune of about $6.5 Billion Dollars.
they are not relenting on their effort to
make me poor for life.
As you know, the Moslem community has no regards for woman, hence my
desire for a foreign assistance. I have deposited the sum of 20
dollars with a security firm abroad whose name is withheld
now until we open communication. I shall be grateful if you could
receive this fund into your bank account for safe keeping and any
This arrangement is known to you and my
personal Attorney. He might
be dealing with you directly for
reasons as the case may be. In view of the above, if you are
to assist for our mutual benefits, we will have to negotiate on
Percentage share of the $20,000,000 that will be kept in your
for a while and invested in your name for my trust pending
when my
Daughter, Zahwa, will come off age and take full responsibility of
Family Estate/inheritance.
Please note that this is a golden
opportunity that comes once in life
time and more so, if you are
hornet, I am going to entrust more funds in
your care as this is one
of the legacy we keep for our children. In
case you
don't accept
please do not let me out to the security and international
media as I
am giving you this information in total trust and confidence
I will
greatly appreciate if you accept my proposal in good faith.
expedite action. Please kindly reply to my private Email.
Mrs.Suha Arafat

The above confidential message was sent to you from my office by my
secretary seeking for your assistance regarding my clients fund
This Office will be handling anything regarding this fund
transfer and all the documents are here in our custody. All response
regarding the above proposal will be address to the below contact
information's for immediate processing and transfer after due
process. eloise & anderson(consultant & solicitors general)
groove wa
essex (UK)
Mr.eloise anderson
attorney to:mrs suha


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