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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: "Suha Tawill Arafat" <>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2008 12:57:19 +0100
Subject: Dear Intending partner

*Dear Intending partner*

*This mail may not be surprising to you if you have been following current
events in the international media with reference to the Middle East and
Palestine in particular.I am Mrs.Suha Arafat, the wife of Yasser Arafat, the
Palestinian leader who died recently in Paris France. Since his death and
even prior to the announcement, I have been thrown into a state of
antagonism, confusion, humiliation, frustration and hopelessness by the
present leadership of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the new
Prime Minister. I have even been subjected to physical and psychological
torture. As a widow that is so traumatized, I have lost confidence with
everybody in the country at the moment.*

*You must have heard over the media reports and the Internet on the
discovery of some fund in my husband secret bank account and companies and
the allegations of some huge sums of money deposited by my husband in my
name of which I have refuses to disclose or give up to the corrupt
Palestine Government. In fact the total sum allegedly discovered by the
Government so far is in the tune of about $6.5 Billion Dollars. And they are
not relenting on their effort to make me poor for life. As you know, the
Moslem community has no regards for woman, hence my desire for a foreign
assistance. You can visit the BBC news broadcast below for better
understanding of what I am talking about:*


*I have deposited the sum of 10.5 Million dollars (Ten Million Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars) with a security firm abroad whose name is
withheld for now until we open communication. I shall be grateful if you
could receive this fund into your bank account for safe keeping and any
Investment opportunity. This arrangement is known to you and my personal
Attorney. He might be dealing with you directly for security reasons as the
case may be.*

*In view of the above, if you are willing to assist for our mutual benefits,
we will have to negotiate on your Percentage share of the $10,500,000 that
will be kept in your position for a while and invested in your name for my
trust pending when my Daughter, Zahwa, will come off age and take full
responsibility of her Family Estate/inheritance. Please note that this is a
golden opportunity that comes once in life time and more so, if you are
honest, I am going to entrust more funds in your care as this is one of the
legacy we keep for our children. In case you don't accept please do not let
me out to the security and international media as I am giving you this
information in total trust and confidence I will greatly appreciate if you
accept my proposal in good faith. Please expedite action.*

*I want you to reach me as soon as you receive this message for more
important discussion and on how to proceed.*

* *

*Reply To: ***<>
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* *

*Yours sincerely,
Mrs.Suha Arafat *

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