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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: "Usman Ismiana" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2005 12:01:37 -0800
Subject: My dearest in Christ!

My dearest in Christ!

May God be praised !
I am Mrs.Fatima Iyesa Ismiana,from Kuwait.
I am married to Usman Ismiana of blessed memory who worked with Kuwait
embassy in Madrid Spain for nine years before he died in the year 2000.

We were married for eleven years without a child he died after a brief
illness that lasted only four days.Before his death he was a very devoted
Muslim and I was a devoted Christian by birth battling with both cancer and
fibroid problems when my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of
$15million dollars (FIFTEEN million dollars)with an overseas finance and
security firm.Presently,this money is still with finance and security
firm.Recently, my doctor told me that I had a terminating illness
(cancer)that would last for the next four months.Though what disturbs me
most is my stroke sickness, having known my condition I decided to donate
this fund to either a Christian organization or a devoted Christian
individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here

I want this Christian organization or individual to use this money in all
sincerity to fund churches, orphanages, widows and also propagating the word
of God and to ensure that the society upholds the views and beliefs of the
holy bible. The holy bible emphasized so much on the giving of alms,charity
and this has encouraged me in taking this bold step.

I took this decision because I dont have any child to start from and where I
will stop and my husbands relatives are all Muslims and I dont want my
husband hard earned money to be misused by people that call me an
unbeliever.I dont want a situation where this money will be used in an
unholy manner hence the reason for taking this bold decision.I know that
after death I will be with God the most high and the most merciful one.I
dont need any telephone communications but will only give you the contact of
my lawyer Barr Brown Nelson.because he is the one who is going to assist you
in making you the beneficiary of the consignment in the finance and security

With God,I know that all thing are possible and as soon as I receive your
reply through my lawyer I will now give him instruction to make you the
beneficiary of the consignment and all necessary steps to take before
receiving these funds and I shall also give you the contact of the finance
and security firm I will also issue you a letter of authority that will
prove you as the original beneficiary of the funds.I want you and the
Christian community where you reside to always pray for me.

My happiness is that I lived a life of a true devoted Christian though
married to a Muslim, whoever that wants to serve God must serve him in truth
and in spirit, please always be prayerful all through your life.Any delay in
your reply will give me room in sourcing for an other Christian organization
or a devoted Christian for the same purpose.Until I hear from you my dreams
will rest squarely on your shoulders,may the Almighty God continue to guide
and protect you Amen.

Yours faithfully

Mrs.Fatima Iyesa Ismiana

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