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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: "mrsawatif" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 11:12:13 +0100
Subject: Assalamulaikum

Npm 167 kaimo Wy,
Zayouna St,Box 1877,
Baghdad city Iraq.
Tel: 964 1 3365606


I am Mrs Awatif Al-kamil woman bassed in bagdad in iraq,I felt good and was
happy to meet such An Honest Man and i so much trust your Country and there
Poeple soit is with that i wish to contact you for a little assistance you
can render to me.

Due to the situation here in in iraq,those of us in the business circle are
finding it very difficult to cope with the situation here,no stable
goverment,bomb explotion at strategic places every now and four rockets
fired by Shiite extremists from Sadr City landed in residential areas in
downtown Baghdad and wounded seven Iraqis Tuesday evening been 6th may 2008.

An attack aircraft responded on Tuesday evening, killing two militant, near
my place. Sometimes people find it very difficult to go about their normal
businesses due to fear of being victim of terrorist attack,above all.

The crisis in iraq now has made business activities totaly parallised for
quite sometime now for intance,no good telephone facilities,no adiquate
security,infact,all most all the basic infrastructure were destroyed during
the recent war in iraq,every day attack aircraft,bomb,rockets fired.

The environment in iraq has never been condusive business wise. Please,why i
need your assistance is that i have about (US$ 10.000.000) ten million
united states Dollars in my custody inherited the money from late my husband
who was a major general in iraqi army in charge of purchase and maintainance
in the immediate past regime.

My intention is to move the money out of iraq and invest the money in stock
market or real estate in your country with the help of an honest person who
will work with me as my foreign associate, i want to invest most of the
money abroad to avoid lossing the money, because it is not wise doing
business in the atmosphere of fear here in iraq,that's why i am calling on

If you can honestly collaborate with me ,i am ready to pay you up to 20% of
the total amount if you can sincerely assist me to actualise this project
soon,because the situation here in iraq is very critical,the everyday bomb
explotion seems to have no end.

I wait patiently for your urgent response i am just trusting on you in the
name of Almighty ALAH and i know you will not sit on my money and deny me,
am a Devoted moslem woman (sheer) and i respect ALLAH so pls do not
disappoint me because i have made up my mind to esterblish the US$10m
dollars in your country of which i would want you to be my business partner.

I told my Diplomat that you are my business partner and we have fiduciary
relationship. i hope you understood me clearly. inshy allah.

Please i will like you to get back to me with the information below;

(1) Your full name.
(2) Phone and mobile #.
(3) Your address.
(4) Age and marital status.
(5) Name of the closest Airport to you.

waiting patiently for your Anticipated favourable reply.Reply to this email
Allah bless you

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