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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 Setia Christiana" <>
Date: Tue, 02 Aug 2005 07:54:46 -1200
Subject: A Cry For Help

Dear friend,

Greetings, I am Mrs. Setia Christiana, a widow to Late Sheik
Mohammed Setia,I am 66years old,,suffering from long time
cancer of the breast.From all indications my condition is
really deteriorating and it's quite obvious that I won't
live more than Six months according to my doctors. This is
because the damage the cancer has done to me is very bad .My
late husband was killed during the US raid against terrorism
in Afghanistan, and during the period of our blissful
marriage we couldn't produce any child of our own. My late
husband was very wealthy and after his death,I inherited all
his business and wealth.

The doctor has advised me that I may not live for more than
Six months and that it is only by the power of God [Allah]
that can determine my life span,so I now decided to divide
part of this wealth,to contribute to the development of the
less privelegded and poor in Africa, America, Asia and

I selected you after visiting the website and I prayed over
it, I am willing to donate the sum of $18.5.000,000.00
Million U.S Dollars to you for the less privileged.Please I
want you to note that,this fund is lying in a security Firm
and upon my instuction, you will file in an application for
the transfer ofthe money in your name.

Lastly, I honestly pray that this money when transferred
will be used for the said purpose,and not other wise.if you
are interested kindly contact my lawyer Mr Mustapha Bello
through is Email and Tel number:
May God {Allah} be with you and your family.

I await your response.

Mrs.Setia Christiana.

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