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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: Thu, 7 Sep 2006 17:35:41 -0700
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?DEAR=20=20FRIEND=2E?=

Dear Friend,
As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe
everyone will die someday. My name is Ali Mahmoud Ali Al-Qadamani, a merchant
in Jordan, I have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer which was discovered
very late, due to my laxity in caring for my health. It has defiled all
forms of medicine, 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

Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people
and only focus on my business as that was the only thing I cared for. But
now I regret all these 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 live d it. Now that God ! has called me, I have willed
and given most of my properties and assets to my immediate and extended
family members and as well as a few close friends.

I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul and 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 Jordan, U.A.E, Algeria and Malaysia. Now that my health
deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this my self any more. 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 US$9.5m(Nine
million five hundred thousand United States Dollars) that I have with a
Finance/security company in Europe. I will want you to help me collect this
deposit and dispatch it to charity organizations. I have set aside 20% for
you for your time and patience.

God be with you.
Ali Mahmoud Ali Al-Qadamani


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