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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: "alhjafatima fatima" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 01:16:20 +0200
Subject: Can you be trusted in the name of Allah ,read and reply urgently

Dear Beloved,

I am mrs Fatima Abacha, I am married to Late Ibrahim Mohammed Abacha of
blessed memory who was an oil explorer in Kuwait for twelve years before he
died in the year 2001.We were married for twelve years without a child.He
died after abrief illness that lasted for only four days.

Before his death we were both devoted believers.Since his death I too have
been battling with both Cancer and fibroid problems. When my late Husband
was alive he deposited the sum of $8.5million (eight Million, Five Hundred
thousand U.S Dollars) with a Security company.

Recently,my doctor told me that I have only six months to live due to cancer
problem,though what disturbs me most is my stroke sickness.

Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to either charitable
organization or devoted trust worthy individual that will utilize this money
the way I am going to instructs herein.

I want this charitable organization or individual to use this money in all
sincerity to fund charitable homes, orphanages, preach the word of the
almighty, and also propagating the word of ALMIGHTY the most merciful and
most compassionate and to ensure that the society upholds the views and
belief of the Holy book.

The Holy book emphasizes so much on almighty benevolence and this has
encourage me to take the bold step.I took this decision because I don't have
any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are Full
evils doers and I don't want a situation where this money will be usedin an
Unholy manner.

Hence the reasons for this bold decision. I know that after death I will be
with ALMIGHTY the most beneficent and the most merciful.
I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my
health, because of the presence of my husband's relatives around me always.

It will be of interest that you can kindly send your contact information
which include your Telephone numbers , Occupation, Age, Sex,and Country so
that i will add it in the letter i will send to the security company for the
release of this money on your behalf.

I don't want them to know about this development. With ALMIGHTY all things
are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact
information of the security company and where the money was deposited.

I will also issue a letter of authority to thesecurity company authorizing
them that the said fund Have being willed to you and a copy of such
authorization will be forwarded to you.

I want you and the charitable organization where you reside to always pray
for me. My happiness is that I lived a true devoted believer worthy of
emulation; Whoever that wants to serve almighty must serve him in truth and
in fairness.

Please always be prayerful all through your life.And any delay in your reply
will give room in sourcing for another organization or a trustworthy for
this same purpose. Until I hear from you, my dreams will rest squarely on
your shoulders. May the Almighty continue to guide and protect you.

Finally i want you to understand that i have personally made available 30%
for your own use 10% for the expenses and 60% will be for the charity work
as i have directed which you are personally going to be incharge of .

May the good ALLAH the most compassionate and most merciful continue to
guide you.

Best regards,

Mrs Fatima Abacha

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