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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: "mrs_zenabmalik2" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 10:19:20 -0700


Email address only :

Please bring out time and read this email. It is by the grace of God that I
received Christ,knowing the truth and the truth has set me free.
Having known the truth, I had no choice than to do what is lawful and right
in the sight of God for eternal life and in the sight of man for witness of
Gods mercy and glory upon my life.

I am married to Engr. Nirvana Malik who worked with Chevron/Texaco in, UK
and Libya for twenty years before he died in the year 2004.We were married
for twenty-seven years without a child. He was held hostage and slain to
death by protesting youths of the region.Before his death we were both born
again christians. Since his death I decided not to re-marry.
When my late husband was alive he deposited $25million usd with a bank.
Presently, this money is still with the bank and the management just wrote
me as the beneficiary to come forward to receive the money or rather issue a
letter of authorisation to somebody to receive it on my behalf if I can not
come over.

Presently, I'm with my laptop in a hospital where I have been undergoing
treatment for cancer of the lungs. I have since lost my ability to talk and
hear well and my doctors have told me that I have only a few months to
live.It is my last wish to see that this money is invested and at the end of
every year distributed among charity organisation,churches and orphanage
home. I want a person that is God fearing that will use this money to fund
churches, orphanages and humanity. Help in the eradication of poverty, with
the little that $25million can do.

I took this decision because i know that there are alot of poor people
suffering from different kind of disease and nobody to come to their aid.
With God all things are possible. I also took this decision because I don't
have any child That will inherit this money and I don't Want my husbands
Hard-earned money to be misused.
I am not afraid of Death hence I know where I am Going. I know that I Am
Going to be in the bosom of the Lord.

I want somebody that will use this fund for the service of God and humanity.
If you can honestly,do this that i request,I will be glad to hand you over
the said $25million usd . I hope to hear from you.

I do not have strength to open emails in so many places so if you are ready
to accept Contact me with this Email address only :

Remain Blessed.


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