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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: Sali Hussein <>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2005 09:55:21 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: From Sali (Urgent)



For purpose of introduction, I am Sali Hassam Hussein, the son of Late Major General Hassam Hussein, who was among the top government officials killed in the first bomb blast by the invading force Headed by the Bush Administration. In my keen interest to invest in your country / reside in your country, I got your contact through the Netherlands Information Exchange (N.I.E) here in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and decided to write for assistance.

My Late Father was a Chief Commanding Officer in the "Special Paratroops Squad" of the fallen Regime of Saddam Hussein, before his death, he had taken me to Amsterdam where he deposited the sum of US$35.5Million (Thirty Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) with a Storage and Logistic Company for safe keeping as if he foresaw the looming danger that could erupt from the invasion of Iraq. This money was deposited in Storage as a Consignment labelled FAMILY TREASURE, with the Storage and Logistic Company. This was informed as not to allow the company management have the knowledge of the real content of the consignment for obvious safety reasons.

This money was earmarked for the purchase of Military outfits and training of more paratroopers. Seeing the rising anger / interest of the Bush Administration in the dethronement of Saddam Hussein regime, my late father decided to divert this sum by Safekeeping it here in Amsterdam with the Storage and Logistic Company. Approximately One month before the demanding Step out of power date approached, my late father took me down here to Amsterdam where he show me in Details every thing about this money in case he didn't make it with the Saddam regime.

As the eldest son of my father, I am saddled with the responsibility of seeking a genuine foreign account where this money could be transferred to, as you know that being a Muslim and Iraq these days financial institutions will never give me the same normal service given to other customers. In view to avoid any obstacle that can cause the lost of this money, I decided to write to you for assistance. Me, my mother and my sister want to travel out to relocate to another country, where we could be able to have a good benefiting residential permit. But how can we fly without this fund. Presently, we are residing temporarily in Amsterdam pending the out come of an appeal filed on our behalf by our attorney to grant us asylum status. At the moment we are in dilemma to the fiscal laws inhabiting Netherlands Refugees on monetary policy. We request that this proposal should be granted so that we can be able to transfer this money to your nominated account outside Netherlands for inve!

As a business man who I wish to entrust our family future in his hands, I must let you know that this transaction is 100% risk free as far as you keep it secret, the modalities to this transfer is ready with the help of our family lawyer, a member of a Bank Board who by his help we finished all the arrangements the way this money should be transferred easily. If you can sincerely assist us with the whole of your heart to transfer this fund into your nominated bank account (Without minding racial or religion differences), please send a return mail as quickly as possible and give me your confidential phone and fax numbers for more information. Please respond to enable me know my decision, reply to my above email.

Yours sincerely,


NB: Reply to me first through the above email address, and include your private telephone contact and also your email address because I would like this matter to be kept confidential.

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