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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: "Mr. Aziz Omar Numan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:17:06 +1000
Subject: Helo Dearly Beloveth.

New Page 3

Dear Sir/madam

My name is Mr. Aziz Omar Numan I am 63 years old, I am a dying man who have decided to donate what I have to you/churches/ motherless babies/less privileged/widows. I was diagnosed for cancer for about 2 years ago. I have been touched by god to donate from what I have inherited from my late Father to you for good work of god. I have asked god to forgive me and believe he has because he is a merciful god. I will be going in for an operation today. I decided to WILL/donate the sum of $22,500,000.00 USD to you for the good work of god, and also to help the motherless and less privilege and also for the assistance of the widows. At the moment I cannot take any telephone calls right now due to the fact that my relatives (That have squandered the funds I gave them for this purpose before) are around me and my health status also.

I have adjusted my WILL and my lawyer is aware. I wish you all the best and may the good god bless you abundantly, and please use the Funds judiciously and always extend the good work to others. As soon you get back to me, I shall give you info on what I need from you then you will contact my bank and tell them I have willed $22,500,000.00 USD to you by quoting my personal reference number: Jlk/Wds/95773/50015/GwrI/3196us/hk and I have also notified my bank that I am willing that amount to you for a good, effective and prudent work. I know I don't know you but I have been directed to do this by god.

So you have to contact my lawyer Mr. Woo Lam Cole to prepare the following as soon as you get this email:
1. Power of Attorney
2. Sworn Affidavit in High Court
3. Letter of Administration and Notary Stamp and below is my attorney information for you to contact immediately

Mr. Woo Lam Cole
Attorney at Law Age 52 Christain, Sha Tau Kok citizen of 36/F shall tower times square, Cause Bay, Hong Kong.

Thanks and god bless.

Mr. Aziz Omar Numan.

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