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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: "Abdulaziz Mustafa" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2011 16:02:36 -0700
Subject: Mr. Abdulaziz Mustafa from North America age 60 year old

Assalaamu 'alaykum Brother/Sister
I am Mr. Abdulaziz Mustafa from North America age 60 year old, but base
in Ghana for over 5 years, my Late wife Mrs. Fatma Mustafa we both are
childless and my wife died in Breast   cancer on 16 March 2011, at Victoria
Hospital London.       
Today I am Lying down in Sakumunor Hospital in Ghana
for Slouch cancer which doctor confirm   to me that I we no longer
survived this, I and my late wife has 20 millions UK Pounds in
Account and big hotel which I want you to handle every thing by using
25% should be use to charity home, why the   balance 25% and hotel we
be yours.       
Trust is a divine word from ALLAH and for me to
entrust my inheritance in your care, no   lesson as beautiful as
Islam. No song as melodious as Azan. No charity as Meaningful as
Zakat. No Encyclopedia as perfect as Al Quran,       
Thank and ALLAH reward you as you accept my offer, you can call me as
soon as you receive this mail for more detail.  
Mr.Abdulaziz Mustafa 
Tel; +233-543662864

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