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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: "Aisha Mohammed" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 17:43:42 +0000



Greetings in the name of ALLAH, I am former Mrs. JOY MOHAMMED, now Mrs. AISHA MOHAMMED, a widow to Late Sheik MOHAMMED, I am 74years old, I am now a new
Muslim convert, suffering from long time cancer of the breast, my condition is really deteriorating and is quite obvious that I won't live more than six months, because the cancer stage has gotten
to a very bad stage.

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 advised me that I may not live for more than six months, so I now decided to divide part of this wealth, to contribute to the development of Islam in
Africa, America, Asia and Europe

I selected your Address after visiting the Internet and I prayed ALLAH over it, I am willing to donate the sum of US$M8,500,000.00 (Eight Million, Five hundred thousand US Dollars) to Muslims for the development of Islam and also for the less privileged. Please I want you to note that, this fund is laying in a Security Company, for that my lawyer will file in application for the transfer of the money in your name for the growth of Islam.

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.

INSHA ALLAH, if you have to die says ALLAH, keep fit and I will give you the
crown of life. May the Grace of our Lord MOHAMMED, the love of ALLAH, and the fellowship of
the Holy Spirit be with you. I await your soonest.

Yours in ALLAH

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