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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 08:56:42 +0530 (IST)

I have a new email address!You can now email me at:


- Dear Beloved One,Your first reaction to this mail will be total rejection, scare and may be Unbelievable, owing largely to the atrocities people commit these days on the Internet, But this mail comes from a devastated, sorrowful and emotional Laddered soul that needs compassion from a kind and good spirited person to Wipe away my tears, perhaps when I am gone beyond this sinful world by Investing jointly as partners in your country. I am Mrs.Janan Harb, I was once married to King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz The new King of Saudi Arabia Kingdom and the 11th son of the founder of the Saudi kingdom, king Ibn Saud.Who has been on throne since 1982 till after his death On the morning of 1st August, 2005. Though he has been of and on the hospital since after his stroke in the year 1995 and was hospitalized twice in MAY 1999.Before the divorce, He made me to understand that he deposited the sum of (Twenty Seven Million Dollars ) with a finance house in Oversea. I Hereby request for your urgent assistance to help me in this regards, investing the Fund in a joint partnership venture with your company or in to any investment that will be profited to both party. Presently, this money is still under the safe keeping of a finance House In Europe. I don’t want any of my husband's relatives to know about this Development nor the Government of Saudi Arabia. Please tell me in confidence, can you handle this transaction, investing this huge amount of money successfully on behalf of my family ? Please advise Urgently. After confirming your interest to handle this transaction i will furnish you with contact details of my personal attorney who i have entrusted with every legal power to act on behalf of my family regarding this transaction to process and procure you with a power of attorney as the new beneficiary to this fund . Please it is very important that you reply through my personal email Yours in Sincerely,Mrs Janan Harb

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