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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million british pounds" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a "dying widow" scam.
Fraud email example:
From: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2010 10:50:58 -0430
Subject: Assalamualaikum warahmatullahiwabarakatuh!!!
Bismillah Al Rahman Raheem.
In the name of Allah the most Beneficent and Most Merciful, His
Holy Prophets and the most respected of His Prophet-Prophet Mohammed (the
Peace of Allah be with him).
warahmatullahiwabarakatuh!!! I do recognised the surprise this letter will
bring to you, most especially as it comes from a stranger. I am Mrs. Abia
Abrahim. I married to Mr.Abudallah Abrahim, We are from People's Republic
of libya, but living in
London, United Kingdom. He
was into Oil & Gas merchant in Federal Republic of Russia for many years before he died in the year 2007. We were
married for years without a child. He died after a brief illness that
lasted for only two weeks. Before his death we were both faithful
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 (£4.8Million British Pounds
Sterling) with Citibank of London plc. Presently, the fund is still with
the Bank. Recently, my Doctor told me that I have serious sickness which is
cancer problem. Having known my condition I decided to donate this funds to
you or any one that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct
herein. I want you to use this fund for orphanages home, hospital, mosque,
school and propagating the word of mighty Allah and to endeavour that the
house of mighty Allah is maintained.
The holly Quaran made us to
understand that Blessed is the hand that gives. I took this decision
because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and I don't
want my husband's efforts to be used by unbelievers. I don't want a
situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way. This is the
reason 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 mighty
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 don't need any telephone
communication in this regard because of my health. With mighty Allah all
things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the
contact of the Bank here in London. I want you and your family to always pray
for me because the mighty Allah is my shepherd.
My happiness is that
I lived a life of a worthy Muslim. Whoever that wants to serve the mighty
Allah must serve him in spirit and Truth. Please always be prayerful all
through your life. any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing
another person for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act
accordingly as I Stated herein. Hoping to receive your reply.
soon as you receive this message to enable me put you in contact with the
Citibank before I will go for my operation as I do not know what will
My regards to you and everyone in your family.
Your sister in
Mrs Abia Abrahim