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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: "amina audulsalami" <>
Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2006 13:34:48 +0000
Subject: Get Back to me

Warm Greetings

I am AMINA AUDULSALAMI from Libya. I am married to Late OSMAN ADULSALAMI of
blessed memory who is an oil explorer in Libya and Kuwait for twelve years
before he died in the year 2000. We were married for twelve years without a
child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Since
his death I too have been battling with both Cancer and fibroid problems.

When my late Husband was alive he deposited a substantial amount of money in
millions of dollars with a deposit company oversea. Recently, my doctor told
me that I have only six months to live due to cancer problem. Though what
disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having known my condition I decided
to donate this fund to either a charity/orphanage home or devoted God
fearing individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to
instruct herein. I want this organization or individual to use this money in
all sincerity to fund charity homes (motherless homes), orphanages, and

I took this decision because I don\'t have any child that will inherit this
money and my husband relatives are into radical organization and I don\'t
want a situation where this money will be used in an Unholy manner. Hence
the reasons for this bold decision. Please, pray for me to recover as your
prayers will go a long way in uplifting my spirit. I don\'t need any
telephone communication in this regard because of my health, because of the
presence of my husband\'s relatives around me always. I don\'t want them to
know about this development.

As soon as I receive your reply on Email, shall give you further directives
on what to do and how to go about actualizing this project. I will also
issue a letter of authority to the Deposit Company authorizing them that the
said fund Have being willed to you and a copy of such authorization will be
forwarded to you. I want you to always pray for me. Any delay in your reply
will give room in sourcing for an organization or a devoted Individual for
this same purpose.

Until I hear from you by email; my dreams will rest squarely on your
Remain blessed.

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