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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: "Agustati Fardiyah Zaini" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 13:08:36 +0400
Subject: LETTER

*My dear,

Greetings in good faith,

My name is Mrs. Agustati Fardiyah Zaini; I am a dying woman who had decided
to donate what I have to the Charities. I am 49 years old and was diagnosed
for cancer about two years ago, immediately after the death of my husband,.
I have been touched by God to donate from what I have inherited from my late
husband for the good work of God, rather than allow his relatives to use my
husband's hard earned funds ungodly.*

* *

*As i lay on my sick bed, i want you to help me in carrying out my last wish
on earth which will be very profitable to you. i want to WILL a total sum
of $9.6million USD to you which i want you to distribute part of it to any
charity home for me, please for further information as regards my reasons
contact me asap.*


Mrs A. Fardiyah Zaini*

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