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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: =?gb2312?q?Mohammed=20Hassan?= <>
Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 10:52:13 +0800 (CST)
Subject: My Last Wish!


From: Hassan Mohammed



As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe everyone will die someday. My name is Hassan Mohammed a trader in Dubai, in the U.A.E. I have been diagnosed with Oesophageal cancer.

It has defied 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 trade. Though I am very well to do, I was never open handed, I was always hostile to people like they never had hopes of becoming as successful as myself. But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to be prosperous.

I believe if Allah 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 Allah has called me, I have willed and given most of my belonging to my immediate and extended family members, as well as a few close friends. I want Allah to be merciful to me and accept my soul. Hence I have decided to give also to charity, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have been able to reach out to a few 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 aid me in giving of alms to those organizations catering for the less privileged in Bulgaria and Pakistan, they refused and kept the resources to themselves.

Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contempt with what I have left for them.

The last of my belonging which no one knows of, is the huge deposit of eighteen milion US dolls that I have in a safe keeping Company abroad, which I will want you to secure and dispatch to charity organizations.

Please endeavour to reply me on my direct email address of for intimacy, as I'll be awaiting your quick response. For your time and devotion, I have set aside a tenth of this for you. Allah be with you.

Hassan Mohammed.

- Mohammed Hassan

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