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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: Mrs Nazek Hariri <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:06:47 +0100
Subject: Hello...

Good day,
I am Mrs.Nazek Hariri,wife of the late Prime Minister of Lebanon,Mr
Rafiq Hariri, who was assassinated on 14 February 2005, along with 20
others, near the St.George Hotel in Beirut.

In the wake of his assassination on 14 February 2005, the United
Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan dispatched a fact-finding mission
to investigate the killing. Arriving in Beirut on 25
February, the mission interviewed Lebanese officials and
politicians,from both the government and opposition, studied the
Lebanese investigation and legal proceedings,examined the crime scene
and collected evidence. It also interviewed some Witnesses.The report
emphasizes that it is impossible to identify the culprit until the
perpetrators have been brought to justice, but blames the Syrian
government, which it charges with exerting influence that goes beyond
the reasonable exercise of cooperative or neighborly relations,with
primary responsibility for the political tension that preceded the
assassination, by its (interference) with the details of governance in
Lebanon in a heavy-handed and inflexible manner.

Since the perpetrators of these evil act has not been brought to
justice,l have the feelings that l am not also save here in Beirut. I
intend leaving for Europe or the United States.During my husband's
regime as the Prime Minister of Lebanon, He realized some reasonable
amount of money from various deals that he successfully executed which
was estimated to the sum of Twenty Five Million And Five Hundred
Thousand Dollars.($25.500.000.00).This funds was deposited by my
husband in my name, Mrs.Nazek Hariri, with a security company in
Europe. I have plans to invest this money outside Lebanon.

I am contacting you because am looking for a trusted and reliable
person that will represent me in Europe to claim the money on my
behalf. Once i receive your respond,i will send a letter of
notifications to the security company,that the consignment will be
collected by the family foreign business partner.

Why l need a foreign partner is that, as an Arab woman, the tradition
forbids me to run any business with my son (Saadeddine)in this
regards,Since he was not aware of the money from the very first
beginning.When I receive your positive response via my,I will then introduce you to my
Attorney,who is going to give you the detailed information's.

Best regards and God bless,
Mrs.Nazek Hariri.

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