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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: "" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 18:01:01 +0200 (MEST)

Dear Friend,
My Name is Jamil Yusuf from dubai UAE. I am a merchant but not of arms, terrorism or drugs. I was a major dealer in goods most of which were banned from going into countries like Iraq, Iran e.t.c because of the embargo and sanctions by some European countries and theUnited States. I took advantage of the need for some commodities like caned foods, clothes e.t.c by those sanctioned countries, I established a tradeunderstanding with some traders in those countries and was able to smuggle some of these foods into these countries and were actually sold to them expensively.

The funds were always paid to me in United States dollars. I decided to always keep the money in my private safe because of the high tax rate on foreign currencies and also to avoid people raising eyebrows; suspecting and wondering how I make my money considering my simplicity. Just like life would not give you everything, the unexpected came when Ifell sick and was diagnosed of Cancer. I initially wasn't bothered because I felt I had money and could take care of whatever ailment medically.

After spending so much money, the Doctor later told me my case was very critical because I was getting worse. To add more to my pain, I lost my wife eight months later after it became clear that my case was incurable. Looking back at all I have acquired in terms of cash and still yet could not guarantee me life, I decided to gradually give out my money to charity. My best option was to use my family.

This I did by telling them how much I had and they pretended to be able to do it and we started with 5million US dollars and then 4 million dollars again. To my greatest surprise, they took advantage of the fact that I could not monitor this closely and diverted the funds for their own selfish use. This became obvious and so many people around me soon new I had so much money in my house so I stopped further giving them money.I assume that it is still my family who are behind this. I do not have a wife anymore that probably could have been able to handle this not even a child. At a point in time when my family members saw that I wasn't interested in them anymore, they tried killing me so they can do away with the money.

I got wind of this plan and with the aid of one of my friend, who came to see me from China, was able to get the funds out by diplomatic Coverage to Europe. I had to also leave the apartment where I was to a secret place where I thought been safe, but unfortunately, they got to know where I was. How? I don't know. I left there again immediately to where I am presently. This gave something to my quest for a neutral person who will be God fearing and honest enough to help the world with this.So you now see why i can't use anyone around me, not even my Lawyers, Accountants etc.

My friend in China said he could do it but I refused reasons best known to me. My condition is very bad now and I may not be able to look further for somebody and so I believe you are God sent.I believe you now understand why this must be made very confidential.

I will send to you the certificate of deposit given to me by the security company, I will also write a letter of authorization bearing your full names and address and send it to the security company. Please note that the consignment was checked and passed by their office in Dubai before shipped to their vault in Europe. You must also know that the Security Company are not allowed to open, check or know the content of the consignment because of it has diplomatic immunity and for security reasons so that they do not tamper with them.

You will lodge it into your account after you have claimed it as a consignment. Their responsibility is to ascertain the authenticity of the Beneficiary of the consignment and release to the beneficiary. So on no account must you disclose or discuss the content of the consignment with them when they finally reach you from Europe.I will avail you with the security codes to the box.Do not hesitate to ask me what you do not understand while I am still alive.

The security company is very reputable and you must endeavor to deal with them with the highest form of diplomacy. Beside what I paid for my medical upkeep, I did not reserve anymore funds for myself because I do not need it. The remaining of my whole life savings is right therein those box. You must also reassure me that you won't act selfishly like my family did.I will instruct you further on how you are going to disburse the fund as soon as there is progress.Send me more information about yourself eg age, profession(company), marital status etc.

Send me your full names and address to enable me prepare the Letter of Authorisation that i will send to the Security Company making you the legal beneficiary of the consignment . I wait to hear from you soon.

Jamil Yusuf

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