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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: Naveed Jafar <>
Date: Sat, 8 Aug 2009 09:51:49 -0400
Subject: Charity Work

Hello Friend.

As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe
everyone will die someday. My name is Naveed jafar, a merchant in U.A.E. I have
been diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer which was discovered very late, due to my
laxity in Caring for my health. It has defiled all forms of medicine, and right
now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts.

I have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for
anyone not even myself but my business. Though I am very rich, Iwas
nevergenerous; I was always focused on my business as that was the only thing I
cared for. But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life
than just wanting to have or make all the money in the world. I believe when
God gives me a second chance to come to this world I would Live my life a
different way from how I have lived it.

Now that God has called me, I have willed and given most of my properties and
assets to my immediate and extended family members and as well as a few close
friends. I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul. I have decided to
give arms to charity organizations and give succor and comfort to the less
privileged in our societies, as I want thisto be one of the last good deeds I
do on earth.

So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations in the United
Kingdom, U.A.E, Algeria and Malaysia. Now that my health has deteriorated so
badly, I cannot do This myself anymore. I once asked members of my family to
close one of my accounts and distribute the moneywhich I have thereto charity
organization and To the less privileged in Bulgaria and Pakistan, they refused
and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they
seem "Not" to be contendedwith what I have left for them.

The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of
Seventeen Million Dollars that I have with a Security Company in Europe for
safe keeping. I will want you to help me collect this deposit and disburse it
to some charity organizations and to the less privileged.I deposited the money
with them as Personal Effects and Jewelries; no one knows the content of the

Please send me a mail to indicate if you will assist me in this disbursement.I
have set aside 20% for you for your time and patience.While I wait to hear from
you, may God be with you and your entire family.

Remain blessed. Send me your:Full Names: Home/Office Address: CellPhone: Home
Tel No: Age:Sex: Marital Status: Occupation: Post Held...

Please get back to me only via my personal mail id:

Mr. Naveed Jafar

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