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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: "YISSA.H. RICHARDS" <muflyk707@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 05 Feb 2007 09:57:25 +0000
Subject: PERSONAL.

FROM YISSA.H.RICHARDS.
2-3 NELSON MANDELA AVENUE
SANDTON CITY , JOHANNESBURG
SOUTH AFRICA.

TEL: 27 78 185 1608.

ATTN:PRESIDENT/C. E . O,

GREETINGS AND MAY THE PEACE OF THE MOMENT BE WITH YOU .IT IS INDEED MY
PLEASURE TO WRITE YOU THIS LETTER , WHICH I BELIEVE WILL BE SURPRISE TO YOU
AS WE HAVE NEVER MET BEFORE AND I AM DEEPLY SORRY IF I HAVE IN ANY MANNER
DISTURBED YOUR PEACE/PRIVACY.PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR THIS UNUSUAL MANNER TO
CONTACT YOU .BUT THIS PARTICULAR LETTER IS OF EXCEPTIONAL AND VERY PRIVATE
IN NATURE. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY GOING TO BE A GREAT DOUBT AND DISTRUST IN
YOUR HEART IN RESPECT OF THIS MAIL,COUPLED WITH THE FACT THAT , SO MANY
INDIVIDUALS HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THE INTERNET TO FACILITATE THEIR
FRAUDLENT DEEDS,THEREBY MAKING IT EXTREMELY DIFFICULT FOR A GENUINE AND
LEGITIMATE BUSINESS CLASS PERSONS TO GET ATTENTION AND RECOGNITION.THERE IS
NO WAY FOR ME TO KNOW WHETHER I WILL BE PROPERLY UNDERSTOOD. BUT HONESTLY
LET ME START BY INTRODUCING MYSELF.

MY NAME IS YISSA.H.RICHARDS.. I LIVED AND WORKED IN IRAQ AS A FOREIGN
CONTRACTOR DURING THE LATE PRESIDENT SADDAM HUSSEIN ERA{.NOW LATE }I WAS A
GOOD FRIEND AND A PARTNER OF MR HATEM KAMIL ABDUL FATEH WHO WAS A
BUSINESSMAN/CONTRACTOR AND ALSO THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF BAGHDAD. I HAVE IN MY
POSSESSION THE SUM OF US$18M (EIGHTEEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS), IN
CASH THAT WAS ENRUSTED TO ME BY MR HATEM KAMIL ABDUL FATEH SHORTELY BEFORE
THE AMERICANS STORMED BAGHDAD THAT EVENTUALLY LED TO THE FALL OF SADDAM.

AS THE WAR RAGES ON WITHOUT KNOWING WHEN IT WILL STOP , HE ADVISED ME TO
MOVE AWAY WITH THE FUNDS AND THAT HE WILL JOIN ME LATER. I THEN,TOOK THE
FUNDS OUT OF IRAQ FOR SAFE KEEPING AND DEPOSITED IT SAFELY IN A SECURITY
COMPANY IN SOUTH AFRICA AND KEPT THE BOX CONTAINING THE FUNDS THERE
SUCESSFULLY. MY FRIEND HATEM KAMIL WHO GAVE ME THE BOX WAS NOT AS LUCKY. HE
AND HIS FAMILY WERE KILLED DURING ONE OF THE BOMBARDMENTS THAT HIT THEIR
HOME IN BAGHDAD, WHICH HAS LEFT TENS OF THOUSANDS DEAD AND INJURING SEVERAL
OTHERS UP TILL NOW.I AM DESPERATELY NOW IN EXILE WITH MY FAMILY IN SOUTH
AFRICA AS ASSYLUM SEEKERS.

I AM SEEKING FOR YOUR URGENT HELP TO ASSIST ME CLAIM THE FUNDS FROM THE
SECURITY COMPANY FOR INVESTMENT IN A VERY GOOD RELIABLE PROJECT IN YOUR
COUNTRY. A LOT OF IRAQIS HAD LOOTED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND RAN OUT OF IRAQ
INCLUDING TOP OFFICIALS, MANY OF WHOM SUCCEDED WHILE MANY DIED IN THE
PROCESS. I THANK GOD THAT I AM ALIVE AND CAME OUT OF THERE INSPITE OF THE
ESCALATING HOSTILITIES THAT HAS BEEN ON THE INCREASE DAY AFTER DAY.

HOWEVER, I WANT TO HAVE AN INVESTMENT BASE IN YOUR COUNTRY, AS SOON AS YOU
ACCEPT TO HELP ME SECURE/CLAIM THE FUNDS FROM THE SECURITY COMPANY HERE IN
SOUTH AFRICA AND DEPOSIT IT IN YOUR NOMINATED ACCOUNT IN YOUR COUNTRY.

INASMUCH AS WE ARE REFUGEES HERE IN SOUTH AFRICA AND THEIR LAW DOES NOT
ALLOW REFUGEES TO OPERATE AN ACCOUNT OR HAVE A BUSINESS ESTABILISHED UNTIL
YOU GET YOUR PERMANENT RESIDENCE WHICH WILL TAKE FIVE YEARS OF WHICH I WAS
NOT AWARE OF BEFORE I DEPOSITED THE FUNDS.

IF YOU ACCEPT TO ASSIST ME,I AM OFFERING YOU 30% OF THE MONEY WHILE 5% WILL
BE FOR ALL THE EXPENCES THAT COULD BE INCURED ON THE PROCESS OF THE
TRANSACTION. AND REMEMBER TO GIVE ME YOUR PRIVATE PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS SO
THAT I WILL GIVE YOU ALL THE DETAILS AS REGARDS TO THE FUNDS.

THIS IS RISK FREE BUT HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL PLEASE TREAT AS URGENT.PLEASE FOR
YOUR EYES ONLY YOU CAN VISIT THIS WEB LINK
...http://talkleft.com/new_archives/002483.html) AND GET A PICTURE OF A
LITTLE BIT OF WHAT HAPPENED IN IRAQ AND HOW INDIVIDUALS /SOLDIERS LOOTED
MONEY AND RUN AWAY.

BEST REGARDS,

YISSA.H.RICHARDS.

NB:REPLY TO {hamhamd2525@hotmail.com}.MY ALTERNATE EMAIL ADDRESS.

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