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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: "asiyah ahmed" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 11:21:08 +0200

** *Dearest Friend,*
*I crave your indulgence at this mail coming from somebody you have not know
before. I decided to do this after praying over the situation,You should
please consider the transaction on its content and not the fact that you
have not known me before. I need not dwell on how I came by your contact
information because there are many such possibilities these days of search
through commerce records. *
* *
*I would like to introduce myself as Mrs.Asiyah Ahmmed, of Repulic of Benin,
widow to Late Mr.usman Ahmmed(for Consular of the benin embassy in
Madrid,Spain.I have been recently been daigonosed of Cancer of the Pelvics.*
*I am writing from my sick bed in a CHINESE HOSPITAL here in Benin
Republic.The consignment (contains US$18.5Million cash, in US$100 bills) my
husband deposited with a security company, here in Cotonou,Republic of Benin
of which I am the next of kin. **With my health condition and because my
husband and I have no children, I am looking for a credible person to whom I
will pass the right of next of kin. This person will apply to the company
and request, from them, their procedure towards retrieving the consignment
from them.*
*This is on the condition that you will take 35% of the fund for yourself,
5% used for expenses, while you will use the remaining 60% for the less
previlege people in the society. This is in fulfilment of the last request
of my husband: that a substantial part of the fund be used to carter for the
less previleged motherless babies home etc.*
*If this condition is acceptable to you, you should contact me immediately
with your full names and contact information so that I will send you
contacte of my lawyer who will help you and i have handed over all the
documents that the company gave to my husband when the consignment was
deposited to him. then he will direct you on how to contact the company
directly, and demand from them the procedure towards retrieving the
consignment from their company.*
*I cannot predict what will be my fate by the time you wll recieve the fund,
but you should please ensure that the fund is used as i have described
above. I look forward to your response.*
*contact me through my private E_mail ( And also
attach to me in your reply mail your personal details for familiarity,May
the Good Lord bless you.*
*1.Your Full Names
2.Your Age/ Sex
3.Your Marital Status
4.Your Occupation
5.Your Mobile Numbers/Fax
6.Your International Passport/Working ID/Driving License.*
*Best Regards*
Mrs.Asiyah Ahmmed.

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