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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: "Rafan A. S." <>
Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2006 12:57:18 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Urgent From Mr. Rafan.

Dear Harry Anslinger,

Greetings to you in the name of the God, My name is RAFAN S. AFAAQ a merchant in Dubai, in the U.A.E.I have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer It has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only a few months to live, according to medical experts . It is very sad that I don't have any Brothers or Sister's that can carry out my last wishes because my health is failing me.

But I have God now and I want him to be merciful to me and accept my soul, I have decided to give alms to charity organizations, as I want this to be the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore.

The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposited with a finance/Security Company abroad is Six million five hundred thousand dollars $6,5 000,000,00. I will want you to help me collect this deposited and dispatched it to any charity organizations and Orphanage Homes of your choice.

Now my illness has changed my approach and condition, my hands and feet’s are weak and my body is shaking. Lying on a sick bed, That's why I contacted you to help me to carry out this work, So if you are touched to help me and the needy, please get back to me through this mail box ( )immediately by sending to me your full name, contact telephone & fax numbers and also your Occupation, to enable me prepare the necessary documents on your name, for you to proceed and secure this fund and do accord to my wish, and take any amount that will pleased you for your help from the money and share the rest to Charity Organizations.

I have realized that nothing is too uncertain to be true; if I had been told that I would find myself in this condition I wouldn't have believed it. So my dear, as you help the Needy, God almighty will also help you in Jesus name Amen. I will send you my pictures for you to know my conditions now in the hospital, as soon as I hear from you.

Best Regards

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