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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 Farah al-Hashemi" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 12:50:14 +0700
Subject: I will appreciate your reply

From: Mrs Farah al-Hashemi
Address: Chiang Rai hospital
31-12 Chiang Rai - Lampoon Rd,
,Chiang Rai Thailand

Dearest Beloved,

Thank you for the attention beeing given to go through my mail.I am
Mrs.Farah al-Hashemi, The wife of iraq military finance corps Chief, who was
incharge of the payment of the military salary during his life service time
. I am 58 years old, i am now receiving treatment in the hospital. It's
quite obvious that I won't live Longer according to my doctor as i am
sufering from my kidney transplant illness,this is because my illness has
gotten to a very bad stage.

My late husband died from the British and American attacks over my country
,and during the period of our marriage we had two male children Musa and
Idris.After the death of my husband , I inherited some money which my late
husband deposited with a Security Finance Company in Thailand for safety.The
doctor has advised me that I may not live long, so I now decided to contact
you to assist my two sons to claim this money From where it was deposited
and guide them for investment as you are a potential business man.

My family will be interested in doing business in your country,
thefore i would like to seek your assistance and help.I am interested
particularly in properties , but your advise on other areas of
private sector would be highly appreciated, i am in believe that you
would be of great help in guiding my two sons to a sucessful exploration of
the investment potentials of your country , which guarantees good capital
returns and human security .As a result of this, i can take you in
confidence bassically due of the source of the fund , hereby believing that
your assistance will be profitable to us.

The amount in question is USD$12 Million .I will appreciate your
willingness to carry this transactions the gratification remark which
will be determined as soon as i hear from you.As i have maped out 20%,
for your assistance and 5% would be used for the re-embursement
of any expenses that is encurred during on the process of this transaction .

Lastly, I honestly pray that this money when transferred to your country
will be used for the said purpose of investing in the industry, because I
have come to find out that wealth acquisition without Allah is vanity upon
vanity.I await your urgent reply to enable me up-date you with more
information and how to proced.Do feel free to ask me any question if you
wish to as my husbands death has blocked every trace of this money from
us,the documentations relating to the deposit of this fund are all intact
with my first son for your verification .I await to hearing from you

Yours Sincerely.
Mrs Farah al-Hashemi

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