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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: Hajia Adeela Hassan <hasadeela@aim.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2006 17:46:31 +0200
Subject: Seeking Your Assistance !!


From:Hajia Adeela Hassan.

Dear friend, please i need your assistance.

My name is Hajia Adeela Hassan,A Bahraini national I have been diagnosed with Oesophageal cancer
.It has defiled 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
business.

Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people and only focused 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 God has called me, I have willed and given most of my property and assets to my immediate
and extended family members as well as a few close friends.

I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul. So, 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, Somalia and Malaysia. Now
that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore.

I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute the money which I have
there to charity organization in Bulgaria and Pakistan, 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 no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of Eighteen Million
dollars($18,000,000,00) that I have with a finance House abroad. I will want you to help me collect this
deposit and despatch it to charity organizations.

Note that 20% of this funds must go to the recent disaster victims and another 20% for your effort and
time.

Please do reply if you are willing to assist me.

Regards,

Hajia Adeela Hassan.

Email:hssadeela@aim.com

hasadeela@aim.com

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