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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: "Saeed Ahmed" <>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2011 20:39:37 -0300 (BRT)
Subject: Your Sincere Trust And Response Needed Urgently !!!

Dear Beloved,

This letter might surprise you, you must not ignore my letter to you this
time as I am writing this letter to you with heavy tears flowing from my
eyes and great sorrow in my heart because i only have but a few months to
live according to my Doctor.Upon this predicament of mine, I have decided
to spread all my wealth,to contribute mainly to the development of

Am in need of a trustworthy and reliable person who will use some funds am
giving out for charity ($18 Million Dollars) to build an orphanage home or
start up a charity organization in areas in need. Please reply to my
personal email for more details as i have but a little time left as i will
be much happy with myself at the end if you can sincerely set up an
orphanage home in your Country to help cater for the welfare of the poor
and homeless in the society.Contact me via my secured email address and
remember i have just a few months left.Email:

Delay in your reply will not be of benefit to me due to my deteriorating
health condition and this will compel me to search for someone else.
Please always be prayerful all through your life and assure me that you
will act just as I have stated herein. I sincerely do hope to hear from
you soon. God bless you and members of your family always.

God be with you.
Saeed Ahmed.

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