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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: "Mr. Fareed Usman" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <fareedusman2@gmx.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 14:14:13 +0100
Subject: From Mr. Fareed Usman

Dear Friend,

As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe everyone will die someday.
My name is MR. Fareed Usman a Crude Oil merchant in IRAN; I have been diagnosed with Esophageal
cancer. It has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few months to live,
according to medical experts. I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for
anyone (not even myself) but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always
hostile to people and only focused on my business as that was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret
all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money in the world.
I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this world I would live my life a different way
from how I have lived it. Now that God has called me, I have willed and given most of my property and
assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as a few close friends. I want God to be
merciful to me and accept my soul so, I have decided to give alms to charity organizations, as I want this
to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed money to some charity
organizations in Austria, cameroun, Liberia, Algeria and Malaysia. Now that my health has deteriorated
so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts
and distribute the money which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria and Pakistan; they refused
and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended
with what I have left for them. The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of
Twenty Five million dollars $25, 000, 000, 00 that I have with a finance/Security Company abroad.
I will want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatched it to charity organizations.
I have set aside 10% for you and for your time. If this is okay with you get back to me and I'll give you all
the details you need to know.

God be with you.

Mr. Fareed Usman

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