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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:

Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2006 13:13:23 +0900
Subject: HOW ARE YOU


My name is Mrs. Fatima Surayar Aziz, widow
to late Mr. Hassan A.Aziz, fomer owner of
Petroleum & Gas company, here in Kuwait. I
am 68years old, suffering from long time
Cancer of the breast. From all indications
my condition is really deteriorating and
It?s quite obvious that I won't live more
than 2 months according to my doctors.
This is because the cancer stage has gotten
to a very bad stage. I don?t want your pity
but i need your trust.

My late husband died early last year from
Heart attack, and during the period of our
marriage we couldn't produce any child. My
late husband was very wealthy and after his
death, I inherited all his business and
wealth. The doctor has advised me that I
will not live for more than 2 months, so I
have now decided to spread all my wealth,
to contribute mainly to the development of
charity in Africa, America, Asia and Europe.
am sorry if you are embarrassed by my mail.
I found your e-mail address in the web
directory, and i have decided to contact
you, but if for any reason you find this
mail offensive, you can ignore it and
please accept my apology.

Before my late husband died he was major
oil tycoon, in Kuwait and deposited the sum
of 25 million dollars (Twenty Five million
dollars) in a company in Europe some years
ago, hats all i have left now, I need you
to collect this funds and distribute it
yourself to charity .so that when i die my
soul can rest in peace. The funds will be
entirely in hands and management. I hope
God gives you the wisdom to touch very
many lives that is my main concern.20% of
this money will be for your time and
effort, while 80% goes to charity.

God bless you.


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