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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: "Halim Muhammed" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 19:46:04 -0700
Subject: Urgent Assistance

Hi ,

My name is Halim from Lesotho South-Africa , I study
here in Malaysia at (INSTITUTE PYRAMID NO. 80
am 26years old and the only child of my parents. My
father used to be a business man who does a lot of
businesses in South Africa and Malaysia.He supplies of
veterinary drugs like ADQUAN IM 1000 CATTLE VACINE before he
fell sick.

Presently he is old and cannot travel again for the
business. This drug ADQUAN IM 1000 CATTLE VACINE is for
treating of Animal diseases and for making the
Cattle and Cow grow fat. Before then, my father used to come
to Malaysia every month to supply this
drug to Dr Kevin Wilfred of Leeds veterinary company and
animal care london, whom is in charge for all
veterinary hospitals in South Africa and Dubai. This
doctor is from England and has his offices in South
Africa and Dubai because of the duties he need to
carry out on the animals there.

So my father normally comes from South Africa to
Malaysia to get this medicine ready for the doctor and
then informs the doctor to come down to Malaysia to
buy the medicine. After their transactions the doctor
takes it back to his hospitals for the treatments of
the animals, because my father is old and can not
travel, he then sent me here to study and at the same
time take charge of supplying of the drugs to the
doctor when ever he is ready to buy it. Now because of
my age and my sex, the company refused to supply me
this medicine, and it is for this reason that I have
to look for a local MAN who is helping me, and his
name is Mr. Wong Kam Thong I and Mr. Wong Kam Thong use
to make a gain of RM480,000 to RM600,000 from each trip
the doctor makes to Malaysia for the Drugs, but every time
we sell this medicine to the doctor, Wong Kam Thong is always
cheating on me and he normally gives me RM20,000 out
of the whole money we make, and it is from this money
that I to send to my father to pay for his medical
bills and also to take care of my school fees here in
Malaysia. At the end of everything I feel so sad that
the money is not enough for me and my family to take
care of ourselves, and it is so sad to me because this
business is what my father took as his family business
and will not want to loose it. Now I had to tell my
father about what Mr. Wong Kam Thong use to do me and
my father ask me to stop the business with him, and I
have done that.

Mr. Wong Kam Thong has no contact of the Doctor and
cannot transact any business with him without me.
Everything about the Doctor is with me. The contact
address and the email address and his number are with

So it is for this reason that I am looking for a good
person who is trustworthy and will not cheat on me
again. We buy this medicine at the rate if Rm11.400 per
carton and sell to the doctor that comes from london at
the rate of RM19,000 per carton and make a profit of
Rm7.600 per my search for a good and GOD
fearing person in Malaysia and I decided to contact you.

Please I will like to meet with you, so that we can
talk one on one over this business, I look forward to
hear from you soonest, have a wonderful


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