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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: "Shieka Nadine Samir" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2013 15:30:28 +0100

I am Shieka Nadine Samir widowed to Khaleed Samir of Dubai U.A.E. a business merchant, we were married for 18 years without a child before he died after a brief illness. I have been diagnosed with esophageal cancer 3 years ago after the death of my husband who had left me everything he worked for.

When he was alive he deposited the sum of $40,500,000 (Fourty million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars) with a finance company in SOUTH AFRICA. I beg of you for love sake to help me collect these and distribute this money to charity rather than allow my late husband relatives to use funds ungodly, I have decided to WILL these funds to you because relatives and friends have plundered so much of my wealth since my illness. I'm presently in a hospital and my doctors have told me that I will not be able to survive this illness from all indications and have therefore decided to WILL/donate these funds to you.I have adjusted my WILL and informed about my attorney about you & my new decision, I need you to contact him with his details below and he will
guild you through how you will get these funds.

PHONE:+44 703 180 7890

Yours truly,

Shieka Nadine Samir

NB: I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until the task is accomplished, as I dont want anything that will jeopardize my last wish.

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