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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: "Shari Arison" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2010 22:39:15 -0700
Subject: Assistance In Economic Crisis

It is my pleasure to send you this mail and I pray it meets in you good health. I am Shari Arison and I happened to be one of Israel's richest women and the controlling shareholder of the country's second-largest bank. You can read little about me from

I decided to send you this mail as part of my benevolence attitude especially this time of Economic Crisis round the globe. I have blessed orphanage homes with foods, gift items and financial assistance within my reach and I have also given out monetary assistance to people and you are one of the lucky ones to be blessed this year.

I have an account worth 500,000 Pound Sterling with a Bank in United Kingdom and I have given an instruction to ensure the money should be paid to you. My Personal Assistance in London, the person of Alan Martins will be available to assist you with necessary procedures and how to contact the Bank. His contact details are below;

Alan Martins
Tel: +447031998777

The bank will request for this code (SHARI/934/ACCT09) for security purpose and you are advice keep this very confidential. The bank will in their norms carry out necessary clarification which I will advice you to meet up so the can successfully have the money paid to you. You will not be able to reach me through this email for security reasons but further correspondence will always be made available to you through Mr. Alan. I wish you all the best and I pray your will put this money into a better use and also assist the less privileged around you.

Remain Blessed now and forever.

Shari Arison
Bank Hapoalim

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