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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 dollars" (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)
- ",000,000" (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 merchant" scam.
Fraud email example:
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2018 21:01:48 +0800
Subject: IN GOOD FAITH
Greetings to You ,
Please if for any reason you find this mail offensive you can ignore
it and do accept my apology for any inconveniences this mail most have
cost you to read,as you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for
me, because,I believe everyone will die someday.
My name is AHMED HASSAN a merchant in Dubai, in the U.A.E. 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 have willed and given most of my property and
assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as a few
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 have done on earth.
Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this
I once asked members of my family to close one of my
accounts and distribute the money which, I have there to charity
organization but they refused and kept the money to themselves.
Hence, I do not trust them anymore, The last of my money which no one
knows of is the huge cash deposit of Twenty One million dollars
$21,000,000,00 that I have with a finance Company abroad. I will want
you to help me collect this deposit and dispatched it to charity organizations,I have set aside 25% for you and for your time.
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Mr. Ahmed Hassan