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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: "MRS ALIMA MOHAMMED" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 10:32:05 +0400
Subject: Greetings in the name of Allah,

Dear sir,

Greetings in the name of Allah, the most beneficent,the most merciful.
My name is Mrs Alima Abdulahi Mohameed, a widow to Late Mr A Mohammed ,
I am 74years old, Presently I am suffering from long time cancer of the breast, from all indications, my condition is really deteriorating and i am very much afraid of my dorctor's report, infact my conditon is very bad now.
My late husband was killed during the Gulf war, and during the period of our marriage we couldn't produce any child.
My late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited all his business and wealth, The doctor has told me that I may not live beyond this year.every new day is like a bonus to me.
So now i have decided to divide part of this wealth,to contribute to the propagation of Islam and in assisting the less-privileged Muslim faithful
and all humanity in Africa and thruoghout the Muslim world, I chossed you
after visiting the website and I prayed over it, I discussed this with my Attorney,Barrister Umaru Ahmed.
I am willing to donate part of the sum ofUS$10,000,000.00(Ten Million US Dollars) for the development of theholywork as well as a distribution to aid muslim faithfuls and also for the less privileged, including ohpans who lost their mothers thruogh this deadly illness[ cancer]nomatter their faith.
Please I want you to note that, this fund is deposited in a Security Company in Dubai,United Arab Emirate (UAE). For that, my lawyer Mr.Umaru Ahmed will file in application for the transfer of the money in your name as you wish provided you are ready to use part of this money for this purpose.
You will therefore have to travel to Dubai, to sign for the official release
of this money as well as advice on how you want the money remitted to you own account. my Attorney will accompany you on this trip.
Lastly I honestly pray that this money when transferred will be used for the
said purpose because I have come to find out that wealth acquisition without Allah is vanity upon vanity.for this reason I have decided to set aside 40% of this money for the service of humanity and the work of Allah.
May the Grace of Allah be our guide and be my refuge when i leave this
world. Moreso,I decided to offer you 20% While 30% will be transfered to the account of my Lawyer, Barrister Umaru Ahmed as compensation after successful conclusion.
The remaining 10% is to cover the expenses both from your side and the side of my Lawyer who will assist you until every thing is over.
Yours in Allah,
Mrs Alima Mohamed.

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