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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: "charitehabibi8" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 12:23:51 +0100
Subject: I Expect your urgent response if you can handle this project.

Dear Beloved ,

May the peace of our Lord be upon you and your farmily.

I crave your indulgence at this mail coming from somebody you have not know
before. I decided to do this after praying over the situation. You should
please consider the transaction on its content and notthe fact that you have
not known me before. I need not dwell on how I came by your contact
information because there are many such possibilities these days.

I would like to introduce myself as Mrs. Charite Habibi,of Repulic of Togo,
widow to Late Mr. Usman Habibi (former Consular of the togo embassy in
Madrid,Spain.)I have been recently been daigonosed of Cancer of the Pelvics.

I am writing from my sick bed.There is this 10.5Million my husband deposited
with a bank, here in Lome, Republic of Togo of which I am the next of kin.
With my health condition and because my husband and I have no children, I am
looking for a credible person to whom I will pass the right of next of
kin.This person will apply to the bank and request from them, the procedure
towards retrieving the fund from them.This is on the condition that you will
take 25% of the fund for yourself, 5% used for expenses, while you will use
the remaining 70% for the less previlege people in the society. This is in
fulfilment of the last request of my husband: that a substantial part of the
fund be used to carterfor the less previleged.

If this condition is acceptable to you, you should contact me immediately
with your full names and contact information so that I will send you all the
documents that the bank gave to my husband when the fund was deposited. So
that you will contact the bank directly, and demand from them the procedure
towards the release of the fund to you from their bank. I cannot predict
what will be my fate by the time you wll recieve the fund, but you should
please ensure that the fund is used as i have described above.

I will be most grateful if you can come forward and help me so that I will
give you more details Please think about this project and give it a second
thought before you Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible.
Finally, it is my humble prayer that the information as contained herein be
accorded the necessary attention, urgency as well as the secrecy it

I Expect your urgent response if you can handle this project.

contact me at

Respectfully yours

Charite Habibi

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