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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: <>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2009 07:24:19 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Assalamn aleikum,

Assalamn aleikum,

I am Sister Nadia Rashid from South Africa , married
to Dr. Ibrahim Rashid who was until his death an
exporter of antiquities based in Cote d'ivoire , we
were married for eleven years without a child. He died
after a brief illness that lasted for only two weeks.

Before his death we were both faithful Muslims.

Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a
child outside my matrimonial home which the holly
Quaran is against. When my late husband was alive he
deposited the sum of ($3.5 Million U.S. Dollars) in
one the famous financial/sucurity costody here in
Abidjan capital of Cote d'ivoire .

Recently my doctor confirmed to me that I have serious
sickness which is cancer problem. The one that
disturbs me most is my stroke sickness.

Haven known my condition I decided to donate this
money to an Islamic institution or individual that
will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct
herein. I want a muslim that will use this money for
orphanage homes, hospitals, mosque, schools, and
propagation of the word of the mighty Allah and to
endeavour that the house of almighty Allah is
maintained. The holly Quaran made us to understand
that Blessed is the hand that gives.

I took this decision because I dont have any child
that will inherit this money and my husband relatives
are not Muslims and I dont want my husband effort
to be used by unbelievers. I dont want a situation
whereby this money will be used in an unGodly way.
This is why I am taking this decision. I am not afraid
of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I
am going to be in the bosom of the almighty Allah.

As stated in the holly Quaran (Surah xxxvi Yasin) Thou
wariest only him who followeth the reminder and
fearieth the beneficent in secret to him bear tiding
of forgives and a rich reward. I dont need any
telephone communication in this regard because of my
health hence the presence of my husband relatives
around me always. I dont want them to know about this
development. With almighty Allah all things are

As soon as I receive your reply I will direct you on
how this vission will be realised. I want you and the
Islamic institution to always pray for me because the
almighty Allah is my shepherd. My happiness is that I
lived a life of a worthy Muslim. Whoever that wants to
serve the almighty Allah must serve him in spirit and

Please always be prayerful all through your life. Any
delay in your reply will give me room to sourcing
another Islamic institution or a good muslim for this
same purpose. Please assure me that you will act
accordingly as I Stated herein. reply me back from this email:

Remain Blessed in the Lord
Sister Nadia Rashid

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