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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: Marriam Hussain <marriamhussain94@yahoo.com>
Reply-To: marriam_@hotmail.com
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2008 20:14:29 -0800 (PST)
Subject: ASSALAM ALAIKUM.


ASSALAM ALAIKUM MY DEAR IN ISLAM,

I KNOW THERE MAY BE SCAMS AND JUNK MAILS FLYING HERE AND THERE ON THE INTERNET BUT CERTAINLY, THIS IS NOT ONE OF THEM. NOW I URGE YOU TO TAKE THIS MESSAGE SERIOUSLY AND WITH AN OPEN MIND, WITH GOOD FAITH AND TRUST .I AM MRS MARIAM MUSA FROM BRUNEL . I AM MARRIED TO LATE DR.IDRIS HASSAIN OF BLESSED MEMORY WHO IS A COCOA MARCHANT AND AN OIL EXPLORER IN COTE D'IVOIRE FOR MANY YEARS BEFORE HE DIED IN THE YEAR 2001. WE WERE MARRIED FOR TWENTY FIVE YEARS WITHOUT A CHILD. HE DIED AFTER A BRIEF ILLNESS THAT LASTED FOR ONLY FOUR DAYS.

BEFORE HIS SUDDEN DEATH WE WERE BOTH DEVOTED MUSLIMS. SINCE HIS DEATH I TOO HAVE BEEN BATTLING WITH BOTH CANCER AND FIBROID PROBLEMS. WHEN MY LATE HUSBAND WAS ALIVE HE DEPOSITED ONE TRUNK BOX THAT CONTAIN $14.5m (FOURTHEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS) WITH A SECURITY FIRM HERE IN COTE D' IVOIRE.

RECENTLY, MY DOCTOR TOLD ME THAT I HAVE ONLY SIX MONTHS TO LIVE DUE TO CANCER PROBLEM. THOUGH WHAT DISTURBS ME MOST IS MY STROKE SICKNESS. HAVING KNOWN MY CONDITION I DECIDED TO DONATE THIS FUND TO A DEVOTED MUSLIM INDIVIDUAL OR A MUSLIM ORGANISATION THAT WILL UTILIZE THIS MONEY THE WAY I AM GOING TO INSTRUCT HEREIN.


I WANT THIS MUSLIM INDIVIDUAL OR A MUSLIM ORGANISATION TO USE THIS MONEY IN ALL SINCERITY TO FUND MOSQUES, ORPHANAGES, WIDOWS, AND ALSO PROPAGATING THE WORD OF ALLAH AND TO ENSURE THAT THE SOCIETY UPHOLDS THE VIEWS AND BELIEF OF THE HOLY QURAN.THE HOLY QURAN EMPHASIZES SO MUCH ON ALLAH'S BENEVOLENCE AND THIS HAS ENCOURAGE ME TO TAKE THE BOLD STEP.

I TOOK THIS DECISION BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE ANY CHILD THAT WILL INHERIT THIS MONEY AND MY HUSBAND RELATIVES ARE VERY BAD, INFACT AM SUSPECTING THEM TO BE THE ONE THAT KILLED MY HUSBAND SO THAT THEY WILL INHERIT ALL HIS WEALTH.MEANWHILE THEY HAVE POSSESED SOME OF MY HUSBAND PROPERTIES BUT THIS IS UNKNOWN TO THEM THET IS WHY AM SEARCHING FOR REAL BROTHER OR SISTER IN ISLAM TO ASSIST IN USING THIS FUND FOR THE SAID PURPOSE. AND I DON'T WANT A SITUATION WHEREBY THIS MONEY WILL BE USED IN AN UNHOLY MANNER. HENCE THE REASONS FOR THIS BOLD DECISION. I KNOW THAT AFTER MY DEATH I WILL BE WITH ALLAH THE MOST BENEFICENT AND THE MOST MERCIFUL.

WITH ALLAH ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. AS SOON AS I RECEIVE YOUR REPLY I SHALL GIVE YOU THE CONTACT INFORMATION OF THE SECURITY FIRM WHERE THE TRUNK BOX WAS DEPOSITED. I WILL ALSO ISSUE A LETTER OF AUTHORITY TO THE SECURITY FIRM AUTHORIZING THEM THAT THE SAID TRUNK BOX HAVE BEING WILLED TO YOU AND A COPY OF SUCH AUTHORIZATION WILL BE FORWARDED TO YOU.

I WANT YOU AND THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY WHERE YOU RESIDE TO ALWAYS PRAY FOR ME.

THANKS AND ALLAH BE WITH YOU.
MRS MARIAM HASSAIN


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