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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: "kadar mariam" <>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2008 10:33:30 +0200
Subject: God said He will bless the hand that giveth


Thanks, my God will bless, you will be surprise how I got your contact, it
was through our long time friend Mr Muzammil from your Country gave me your
Email contact before he traveled to his country with his entire family, when
I wanted to contact him,it was not easy because I lost all his contacts and
after my prayers and fasting, with God all things are possible I saw your
Email address, hence I contact you directly.

I am Mrs Mariam Kadar,from Benin republic and wife to the late Hajj .K,
Kadar the former consular of benin embassy in Madrid spain. Right now, I am
in hospital bed suffering from long time cancer of the LUNGS, doctor
informed me that I will not survive and my condition is fast
deteriorating,the only alternative is death because I can't continue with
the pains.

My late husband died in December 2006 in a plane crash in Benin, (please
and during the period of our marriage we couldn't produce any child.My late
husband has wealth and inheritance worth twenty nine million dollars ($29m)
which he instructed to be shared for humanitarian purposes as orphanages,
building of mosques, churches and charity. So, I have now decided to spread
all my wealth to contribute mainly to the development of charity in Africa,
America, Asia and Europe.

In his decision to give charity, he deposited the total fund of $29m dollars
secretly under the safe custody of an Investment security company in
Europe.So my dear I want you to be in Europe and take charge of the funds so
that you can use it for charity ,building churches, orphanages and mosques
.I dont need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health
and the presence of my family relatives around me always. I dont want them
to know about this development.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the
investment security company in Europe,I will also issue you a letter of
authority that will empower you as the new beneficiary of this fund.

You will have 25% as compensation for all your efforts. May the lord direct
you with wisdom to carry this cross.

Thanks and God bless you,expecting your urgent response.

God bless you.

Mrs.Mariam Kadar.

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