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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: "Nabaz Hammad" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 07:12:50 -0700

I am contacting you to help me out in this situation I found myself.I am
Nabaz Hammad Williams a christian convert from Iraq, I presently live in
london where I am studing engineering in the university.I have been
persuaded by A TERRORIST ORGANISATION to join them and donate my (WILL)
$100,000,000 (One Hundred Million Dollars) to support their organisation for

This (WILL) was left behind by my late father Hammad Williams from his
lawyer after his dead to help me take care of myself and my only sister
Nina.I am afraid and do not want to sponsor any TERRORISM because my mother
died in a suicide bomb attack last year making me have so much Hatred on

I have contacted you to help me in confidence transfer the money to your
bank account in your country so that I will come over and meet with you to
continue my education under your care and to stay away from this terrorist
Union who want my life if I fail to comply with them as they have sworn to
trace and kill my only sister who is in IRAQ studying.

I have stoped attending school because I am now into hiding under the roof
of a poor steward in a church to save my life from danger because I am been
monitored before coming to this hide-out.I need you to contact the bank
where the funds is deposited on my behalf so that the bank will transfer the
funds into your bank account.Do send personal data for identification and
trust because I do not know you in person.I have the necessary documents to
back you up upon your contact with the bank:

(1)Your full name (2),Age and Occupation (3)International passport
page/drivers Licence (4) Telephone number. Upon the receipt of these, I will
send you the contact of the bank so that you will contact them yourself.I
will compensate you handsomely for your help and effort upon the transfer of
this funds.

Waiting to hear from you.

Nabaz Hammad Williams

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