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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: pp tt <>
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2007 14:23:10 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Assalam-o-Alekum

From Mrs Aicha Ahmed

Dear Beloved,

I am the above named person from Ivory Coast in West Africa. I am married to Mr.Ibrahim Ahmed who worked with Iran embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in the year 2005. We were married for twenty years with a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four Days. Before his death we were both born musilem worshipers.When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $15.8 MILLION USD (FIFTEEN MILLION EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) with a Security Company in Ghana Presently, this money is still with the Company

Recently, my doctor told me that I would not last for the next five months due to cancer problem. Though what disturbs me most is my stroke. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to either a Muslem organization or a devoted Muslim individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here-in.

You will make sure that you will use 30% for my son to become a good Doctor and after gething this money,make sure you take him to your country where you will take good care of him why because he is a small boy and 15% will be yours,5% in case of any expenses and the rest will go to mosques,orphanages,and also propagating the word of Allah and to ensure that the society upholds the views and beliefs of the holy Quran.

I want you to use this money in all sincere to fund mosques,orphanages,and also propagating the word of Allah and to ensure that the society upholds the views and beliefs of the holy Quran.
Since my only son Yaya is a little boy and he cannot manage this money and my husband relatives are new Christians converts and I do not want my husbands hard earned money to be misused by so call unbelievers. I do not want a situation where this money will be used in an unholy manner. Hence the reason for taking this bold decision and I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going.

I know that after death, I will be with Allah the most beneficent and the most merciful.Due to the presence of my husband's relatives around me always and because of my health, i do not want much telephone calls.With Allah all things are possible.As soon as I receive your positive reply I shall give you the contact of the Security Company. I will also issue you a letter of authorization.

I want you and the Muslim community where you reside to always pray for me,My happiness is that I lived a life of a true devoted muslim worthy of emulation.Whoever wants to serve Allah must serve him in truth and in faithfulness.Please always be prayerful all through your life. Any delay in your reply will give me room to source for a muslim organisation or a devoted muslim for this same purpose.Until I hear from you, my dreams will rest squarely on your shoulders.

May the Almighty Allah continue to guide and protect you.Please Assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated here-in

Hoping to hearing from you.

May Allah Bless You.

Your Muslim Sister,

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