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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: "Mrs Hadiyyah Zaahir Mohamed" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 14:18:18 +0700

From:Mrs Hadiyyah Zaahir Mohamed.
Your Ref: The Managing Director
It is obvious that this proposal will come to you as a suprise. This is because we have not met before but i am inspired to sending you this email for an urgent transfer and investment of fund that is left for me and my son.Before i proceed i am Mrs Hadiyyah Zaahir Mohamed,my husband was until recently, one of the personal aid to the president of Iraq.I am contacting you on the base of trust and humanity for the transfer of fund which in custody is $11.5 million U.S Dollas which was lifted to a safe country through a diplomatic means before the death of my husband.
I and my son escaped the resent bomber strikes from my country,
[Baghdad iraq] which ended up in taking many life and that of my husband on his way to work,before his death,he was able to secure a hung amount of money through the advantages of his position in the office and he sent it out of the country for the purpose of my family survival after the war might have stoped.Right now the fund is deposited in securit volt through a diplomat that lifted it out of our country.
In due course,we shall reach an agreement on how the money will be used for an investment in your country or elswhere,on thesame development,your share shall be 30% of the total money and 5% will be maped out for any expences incured in this transaction .
With your sincere assistant and co-operation, I will be determined to enter into investment with you,if we can do business together but as at this moment, I am constrained to issue more details about this transaction until I get your
response by email .Also include your private telephone number when replying.
I look forward to your favorable response.
Thanks for your understanding.
Yours Sincerely
Hadiyyah Zaahir Mohamed

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