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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:

Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2010 10:52:56 -0700 (PDT)

Greetings in the name of almighty God

I am Mrs.ISHAT HADJI IROWANINU, now undergoing medical treatment. I was married to late MR AROLEKA ARMED IROWANINU WHO WORKED WITH Chevron IN ANGOLA for many years and died of HEART ATTACK. We were married for eleven years without a child. My late husband MR AROLEKA ARMED IROWANINU died on the 24th of April 2006 after a brief illness and died of HEART ATTACK.

when my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $10.5 Million ((TEN Million FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND America Dollars) with one Finance house Presently in London. I have been in the hospital for eight months suffering from cancer of the LUNGS. The 1st surgery operation has been conducted and I still have the pains in me crying every day and night looking up to ALLAH to save cure me and save my life Recently my Doctor told me that I may die any time any day because of my cancer sickness.

Having known my condition I decided to donate the $10.5 million (TEN Million FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND America Dollars) my late husband deposited with a finance house in London to you ,that will utilize this fund very well by helping the less privilege. Like to the orphanages, Old people, homeless. I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this Fund and my husband relatives has squandered all my husbands access sold all our access in DUBAI, LIBYA AND LONDON.

I want you to always pray for me ask God to help me. It will be my pleasure to receive your good response and I will contact or direct you to my late husband attorney that will help you to secure this $10.5 Million (TEN Million FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND America Dollars) and I want you to assure me that you will use this $10.5 Million (TEN Million FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND America Dollars as i will direct you and set up a CHARITY HOME ON MY NAME.

Am waiting for your respond).

May Almighty God bless you and your good family


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