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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mrs. Nimaat Yumn Hassan" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2006 18:23:08 +0700

From : Mrs. Nimaat Yumn Hassan
Address : UN Refugee Camp Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tel +66-870662006

Attention:The Managing Director
Before I proceed, may I humbly introduce myself to your goodself, My Name is Mrs.Nimaat Yumn Hassan, an Iraqi refugee. My late husband was until recently, chairman in charge of the sales and lifting of Petroleum Products by foreign dealers in the Republic of Iraq. Unfortunately he was killed during this last serious crisis that is still ravaging in my country.
Due to the ceaseless problems in my country which recently led to misfortune of our goverment and my late husband position as chairman in charge of the sales and lifting of Petroleum Products in the Republic of Iraq, we were able to come over here in Thailand with the help of United Nations Peacekeeping Pilot.
In contacting you, it remains my deepest desire to find a trustworthy individual who can offer help in a mutually beneficial acquaintance. We inherited the sum of US$11.5 million from my late husband which he had deposited in a security vault in Bangkok-Thailand for safekeeping. This funds were originally gotten from my late husband proceeds. My late husband was able to safeguard this fund through a very good diplomatic means shortly before US-led invasion in my country.
I have decided to contact you because I am interested in investing this funds in your country which is investment friendly. Please kindly guide and assist me in making the right investment since I am also interested in buying a residential property as I will be moving with my family over there as soon as every thing regarding technical and logictics details is worked out and ascertained to our respective satisfaction.
In view of your participation, I am ready to give you a good negotiable percentage for your assistance,or better still commit it into viable Joint venture projects, be assured that you stand no risk of any kind as the funds belong to me and my only survived son. As soon as I get your consent, we will quickly move this fund to your country for immediate investment.
However, upon your acceptance to work as my partner, you can contact me with my private telephone number or e-mail for more details.
I am here with my only surviving son Musa, I strongly believe that associating with you to embark on this and other business ventures will derive a huge success here after, please include your private contact telephone number and private e-mail when replying.
Yours Sincerely.
Mrs. Nimaat Yumn Hassan

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