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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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Fraud email example:

From: "" <>
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012 09:35:17 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Read Carefully, From Mrs. Jemis Khartoum

Read Carefully:

I know that this letter may be a very big surprise to you, I am giving you my trust and wish you will give me back the trust i have given you.

I am Mrs. Jemis Khartoum, I am 67 years old, I am suffering from a long time cancer of the blood. From all indication my condition is really deteriorating, and my doctors have courageously advised me that I may not live beyond the next two years, this is because the cancer stage has reached a critical stage. I was brought up in a motherless babies home, and was married to my late husband for twenty years without a child, but quite unfortunately my husband died, Since his death i decided not to re-marry, I sold all his belongings and deposited all the sum of $10.2million dollars with a Bank Abroad.

Presently, this money is still in their custody, i need you to receive the money on my behalf since I can not traveled as a result of my illness, and after receiving the money we will plan on how to fly me abroad for treatment.

Presently, I'm with my laptop in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment. I have since lost my ability to walk about or do anything by myself and my doctors have told me that I have only a few years to live.

It is my last wish to see that this money is transferred to you and help me invested it in any good business and 20% will be for you.

As soon as I receive your reply together with your contact details I shall give you the contact of the Bank Abroad, I will also issue you a letter of authority, which will prove that you are the new beneficiary of my funds.

Hope to hear from you soonest.

If you find this letter offensive, please ignore it and accept my apologies.

Yours Sincerely

Mrs. Jemis Khartoum:

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