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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: "Barr. Abdul Hadi Bin Ismail" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2012 08:29:46 +1100

Dear Friend,
How are you doing today? I know that this letter will certainly come to you as a surprise as we donít know ourselves before, but be rest assured, the purpose of contacting you is genuine and real. Late Rafik Hariri was a Lebanese, self-made billionaire and business tycoon, and was a five time Prime Minister of Lebanon. You may view this link for confirmation. general.aspx?pagecontent= biography
I got your mail through my private search and out of Desperation I decided to reach you through this medium. Mr. Rafik Hariri deposited a sum of Nineteen Million Great British Pounds (?19, 000,000.00 GBP) in a local bank here in Malaysia.
Before the incident that took his life, he made a (WILL) in my law firm stating that the sum of Nineteen Million Great British Pounds (?19, 000,000.00 GBP) should be donated to any Philanthropist of our choice in any Country of the World outside Malaysia to help the poor and needy across the Globe.
As the bank where the sum is deposited is waiting for my law chamber to present the deals of the beneficiary to them, your quick response will arouse our zeal to present you as the beneficiary of the Nineteen Million Great British Pounds (?19, 000,000.00 GBP) deposited in the bank. I need your sincerity, trust, and understanding and follow up to execute the will of my late client.
Your reply will be appreciated
Barr. Abdul Hadi Bin Ismail
(Trust Chambers Malaysia)
Contact +60103408965

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