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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: "mohamed al jaber" <>
Date: Tue, 08 Aug 2006 03:29:30 -0600
Subject: From Mohamed Al Jaber.

Goodday Sir Or Madam,

I know that this letter will come to you as a surprise due to the fact that
we have not met each other before, but please I will like you to consider my
present condation.I came to know of you in my private search for a reliable
and trust worthy person that can handle a matter of this nature in respect
of this,I got your contact through an uprooted search on the internet.

As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe
everyone will die someday. My name is Mohamed Al Jaber,a Crude Oil merchant
in saudi arabia,i have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer .It has defiled
all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few months
to live, according to medical experts. I have not particularly lived my life
so well as I never really cared for anyone(not even myself)but my business.

Though I am very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people
and only focused on my business as that was the only thing I cared for. But
now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just
wanting to have or make all the money in the world. I believe when God gives
me a second chance to come to this world I would live my life a different
way from how I have lived it. Now that God has called me, I have willed and
given most of my property and assets to my immediate and extended family
members as well as a few close friends. I want God to be merciful to me and
accept my soul so, I have decided to give alms to charity organizations, as
I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have
distributed money to some charity organizations in liberia,Algeria and
Malaysia. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this
myself anymore.

I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute
the money which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria and
Pakistan, they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not
trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left
for them. The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash
deposit of (six million five hondred thousand U.S.dollars) $6,500,000,00
that I have with a finance/Security Company abroad. I will want you to help
me collect this deposit and dispatched it to charity organizations.

I have set aside 10% for you and for your time,I Look forward to your
earliest reply thanks.

God be with you.
Mohamed Al Jaber.

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