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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: Mariam Musa <>
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:44:07 +0100 (BST)


Dear beloved in Allah,

Greetings to you in the name of almighty Allah the most merciful. I know that you may be surprised to receive this unsolicited mail as it may appear to be, Glory be to Allah almighty who directed me to you. I got your contact through your country Network online internet search in my personal search for a reliable Allah fearing person like you to render me a very confidential assistance for the glory of almighty Allah. And I want you to know that religion does not matter in this my present condition of health as we are one in Allah, It is with love of almighty Allah and trust to contact you after my prayers. Kindly pardon my disposition as I know how unsafe nature of the internet but I am compelled to use this avenue to contact you due to the present condition of my health as the doctor has warned me too to avoid telephone conversation and unfortunately there could be no other faster means than the Email, so please bear with me. My name is Mrs. Mariam
Nasser Musa Habib from Egypt, Married to Alhaji Musa Nasser Habib, who was until his death an exporter of Gold and oil explorer in Kuwait and Angola for twelve years before he died in 2010, we were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a serious illness that lasted for only two weeks. Before his death we were true Muslims. Presently am battling with Cancer and Fibroid. My Doctor has just informed me that I have only few months to live. I'm not afraid of death hence I know where I'm going. I know I'll be in the bosom of Almighty Allah, the most merciful. As stated in the Holy Coranti (Surath Yasin).
I decided to donate this money I inherited from my late husband through you for the up keeping of the Orphan, widows and the less-privileged, I have no relatives. don’t want a situation where this money will be used in an unholy manner, I want you to promise me that you are going to use 80% for charity and 20% for your effort and time. I don’t need any telephone communication in this regard because of my present health condition. I have ($ 3.5 million, United States) which my late husband deposited for safe keeping to donate for the work of charity. As soon as I hear from you, I will give you the necessary legal information and also introduce you to my late husband's bank where this donation money was deposited and will also introduce you as my beneficiary so that you will contact them concerning the release of the money to your Bank account. I know I have never met you but the almighty Allah has directed me to donate this money through you and I
hope you act sincerely.
Thank you and remain blessed in Allah.
 Mrs. Mariam Nasser Musa Habib

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