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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: Sat, 6 Jan 2007 23:06:12 +0900 (JST)

Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to a Islamic institution or individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein. I want a Islamic that will use this fund for orphanages home, hospital, mosque, school,
propagating the word of mighty Allah and to endeavour that the house of mighty Allah is maintained. The holly Quaran made us to understand that Blessed is the hand that gives.

I took this decision because I don稚 have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Muslim and I don稚 want my husband痴 efforts to be used by unbelievers. I don稚 want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way. This is why I am taking this
decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the mighty Allah.

As stated in the holly Quaran (Surah xxxvi Yasin) Thou wariest only him who followeth the reminder and fearieth the beneficent in secret to him bear tiding of forgives and a rich reward. I don稚 need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health hence the presence of my husband痴
relatives around me always. I don稚 want them to know about this development. With mighty Allah all things are possible.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the
SECURITY COMPANY here in Abidjan.

I want you and the Islamic institution to always pray for me because the mighty Allah is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Muslim. Whoever that wants to serve the mighty Allah must serve him in spirit and Truth. Please always be prayerful all through your life. Contact
me on the above e_mail address for more information, any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another Islamic or individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to receive your reply.Thanks.


Sister Fatimata Ahmed

Pls contact me for this email(

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