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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: "Mrs. Aminatu Bolkiah" <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 00:46:16 -0800
Subject: Greetings From Aminatu

Dearest in the Lord Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I am former Mrs. Hajia A. Bolkiah now Mrs. Aminatu Bolkiah, a new Christian convert of 61 years old after receiving the sacrament of baptism from a Christian denomination shortly after the death of my husband. For quite a good number of years now, i have been suffering from cancer of the breast and fibroid of the womb and from all indications ,my condition is deteriorating by day that i won't live more than three months from now as predicted by my doctors.
My husband who is now late was killed during the US raid against terrorism in Afghanistan. Throughout the period of my marriage with my husband,all efforts to bear children proved abortive because of my poor state of health. My husband was a very wealthy and influential man throughout his life.
After his death,i inherited all his businesses and wealth. Since it is now obvious that i may not survive my poor state of health, i have deemed it necessary to leave a legacy on Earth and give a positive account and justification of the life i lived on Earth before the Lord.
This i want to achieve by committing part of this wealth to the development of church and the upbringing of the less privileged. I am willing to donate a sum of $ 12,000,000.00 for the church and less privileged in your country. Please, note that this sum was securely deposited in a security Vault company in overseas in my name by my husband . I have highlighted my solicitor on the said issue and all the possible assistance he would render to you on the documents covering the money so as to enable you receive it as i cannot follow it up because of my illhealth. Presently, he is in Iraq monitoring the restoration of peace and democracy there.
Lastly, i honestly pray that this money when released to you is judiciously used for the said purpose and you will take 30% of it for doing this corporal work of mercy. This is because i have come to realise that wealth acquisition without Christ is vanity upon vanity. Please, get back to me immediately for further elaborations. May the almighty Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the true fellowship of the holy spirit be with you and your family.
Yours in Christ.
Mrs. Aminatu Bolkiah

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