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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: "Nasir Muhammad" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 13:48:31 -0000

Dear Friend,
Compliment of the day.

I sent you an email few days ago I was wondering if you received it? Can
you help me with my charity project worth of $18.7million dollars, I am
Dr. Nasir Muhammad a Crude Oil merchant in Libyan, currently undergoing
medical treatment in London, diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Which has
defiled all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a
few months to live, according to medical experts. Meanwhile I have not
particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for anyone
(not even myself) but my business. Though I am very rich, but never
generous, I was always hostile to people and only focused on my business
as that was the only thing I cared for. But now I deeply regret all this
even very much ashamed of me, now I have realized that there’s more to
life than been so self centered, wanting to have or make all the money in
the whole world. I believe when Allah/God gives me a second chance to come
to this world I would live my life a different way.

I want Allah to be merciful to me and accept my soul, I have decided to
give alms to charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the last
good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed money to some charity
organizations in Liberia, Chad, Sudan and Central Africa. Now that my
health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore. I once
asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute the
money to charity organization in Syria and Pakistan; they refused and kept
the money to themselves for rebel activities. Hence, I do not trust them
anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them.
The last of my money which no one knows of it is the huge cash deposit of
$18.7million dollars that I have with a Financial Institution abroad. I
will want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatched it to charity
organizations. I have set aside 20% for you and for your time, if only you
would assist me to accomplish this mission sincerely knowing that Allah/
God is seeing us even though I am not present with you, please don’t be in
a haste to reply me, but make up your mind sincerely and get back to me,

Dr. Nasir Muhammad

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