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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. Aisha Mohammed" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 06:39:18 -0800
Subject: business associate partner ( your urgent reply )

From: Mrs.Aisha Mohammed.

Attn: The Managing Director

Before I proceed, may I humbly introduce myself to your good self, My Name is Mrs. Aisha Mohammed, an Iraqi refugee, my late husband was one of the personal aid to the former president of Iraq who was overthrown out of power by the American Government prior to the last serious crisis that is still ravaging in my country which led to the misfortune and overthronement of former president Saddam Hussein’s bloody government and also affected my late husband’s position as the personal aid to the then president Saddam Hussein.
Before the death of my late husband, he was able to move some huge amount of money out of Iraq to Thailand for safety and also brought I and my only Son Musa to Thailand to safeguard our lives and to inherit the deposited fund which amounted to the sum of USd11Million$. The funds were originally gotten from my late husband’s proceeds. My late husband was able to safe guard the fund with a very good diplomatic contact who moved the funds from Iraq to Thailand through a diplomatic channel and deposited the funds in a safe deposit company here in Thailand.
I have decided to contact you because I am interested in investing the funds in your country which is investment friendly. Please kindly guide and assist me in making the right investment since I am also interested in buying a residential property as I will be moving my family over there as soon as every thing regarding technical and logistics details is worked out and ascertained to our respective satisfaction. In view of your participation, I am ready to give you a good negotiable percentage for your assistance, or better still commit it into viable Joint venture projects, be assured that you stand no risk of any kind as the funds belongs to me and my only survived son. As soon as I get your consent, we will quickly move this fund to your country for investment.
However, upon your acceptance to work as my partner, you can contact me with my private number or e-mail for more details.
I am here with my only surviving son Musa, I strongly believe that associating with you to embark on this and other business ventures will derive a huge success here and after, please include you private contact telephone number and private e-mail when replying.

Yours Sincerely.
Mrs.Aisha Mohammed

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