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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: "Mohammed Hassin"<gregadamu52@myway.com>
Reply-To: mohammedhassin0@yahoo.co.uk
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 04:20:56 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: GOOD DAY SIR/MADAM


GOOD DAY SIR/MADAMI AM WRITING THIS MAIL TO YOU IN GOOD FAITH.MY NAME IS DR.MOHAMMED HASSIN FROM IRAN.I USED TO WORK WITH SHELL PETROLEUM ,NIGERIA WHERE I AM PRESENTLY UNDER GOING TREATMENT AND WAS ALSO A MAJOR INVESTOR IN OFFSHORE OIL RIGGS UNTIL RECENTLY WHEN I WAS CRIPPLED BY STROKE WHICH LEFT HALF PART OF MY BODY PARALYZED AND ALSO I HAD UNDERGONE EXTENSIVE EYE SURGERY WHICH HAS RESULTED INTO POOR VISION.FOR THE PAST FIFTEEN YEARS I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A MIRACLE. A SPIRITUAL CURE ALL TO NO AVAIL.RECENTLY MY DOCTOR GAVE ME VERY BAD NEWS WHICH IS VERY DISTURBING TO MY YEARS,HE SAID THAT IN ABOUT THREE MONTHS TIME THAT I WILL SOON DIE OF MY ILLNESS. I HAVE NO CLOSE RELATIVE AROUND AND THE ONLY ONE I HAVE WHICH HAPPENS TO BE A DISTANT COUSIN OF MINE MRS. LINDA LEVELER LEFT FOR AUSTRALIA 10 YEARS AGO AND SINCE THEN I HAVEN'T SEEN HER NEITHER DO I HAVE HER POSTAL ADDRESS.I HAVE SURRENDERED MY LIFE TO ALMIGHTY GOD AND I AM NOW A BORN AGAIN MUSLIM ,I WANT TO DO A GOOD DEED
BEFORE I DEPART THAT IS WHY I AM CONTACTING YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE MY FOLLOW MUSLIM OR A GOOD CHRISTIAN. I WOULD WANT YOU TO SET UP ORPHANAGES FOUNDATION IN MY NAME AND ALSO DONATE THE REST OF MY WEALTH TO THE MISSIONARY OR CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS AND FOR THE NEEDY SINCE THE WEALTH WOULD NOT BE USEFUL FOR ME WHEN I AM GONE.I AM SEEKING FOR WHO WOULD BE WILLING TO DILIGENTLY CARRY OUT THIS WILL OF GOD FOR ME WHICH IS THE REASON I AM CONTACTING.MY ACCOUNT BALANCE PRESENTLY TOTALING $11.8M AS WAS REFLECTED IN MY LAST STATEMENT ACCOUNT FROM A COMPANY WHERE I DEPOSITED MY FUND HERE IN NIGERIA I HAVE WISH TO USE THIS FUND TO FINANCE THIS PROJECT AS I DO NOT HAVE MUCH TIME LEFT.YOU WILL BE ENTITLED TO 20% OF THESE FUNDS FOR YOUR GOOD WORK WHAT WILL BE REQUIRED OF YOU IS TO MAKE CONTACT WITH THE COMPANY FOR THESE FUNDS TO BE RELEASE TO YOU BUT THE FIRST THING I WILL REQUIRE FROM YOU IS TO GIVE YOUR LIFE TO GOD IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE THAT RIGHT NOW I AM CONFINED TO AN AUTOMATED WHEEL
CHAIR IN THE TEACHING HOSPITAL AND THE INTERNET IS THE ONLY MEANS I HAVE IN COMMUNICATING WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD.I PRESUME THAT YOU ARE THE RIGHT PERSON TO MEET REGARDING SUCH ISSUE AS I DO NOT KNOW WHETHER TO GO TO ANOTHER PARTY,PLEASE SEND ME A MAIL IF YOU ARE WILLING TO ASSIST ME ON THIS AND ALSO INCLUDE YOUR CELLPHONE,PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS TO ENABLE MYSEF CALL YOU WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE NURSE HERE WHO HAS BEEN KIND ENOUGH TO ASSIST ME.I WANT YOU TO SEND YOUR RESPONSE AS I AM EAGERLY EXPECTING YOUR PROMPT RESPONSE TO MY MAIL.AS SOON AS I RECIEVE A RESPONSE FROM YOU I SHALL SEND A LETTER OF INTRODUCTION TO THE COMPANY AND EVERY OTHER INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THS FUND OVER TO YOU INCLUDING ALL LEGAL DOCUMENTS FOR ONWARD RELEASE TO YOU SO THAT YOU CAN COMMENCE ON THIS WORK OF GOD FOR ME AS I AM DISABLED AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MOVE AROUND AND DO MUCH. I AM BY MY BEDSIDE AND IF YOU ARE INTERESTED GET BACK TO ME IMMEDIATELY FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTION AT THIS EMAILL ADDRESS:(
mohammedhassin0@yahoo.co.uk)THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDINGREMAIN BLESSED.DR MOHAMMED HASSIN

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