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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: Aziz abdul <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 06:02:07 +0000
Subject: Mrs. Haniya Abdul Aziz.

Urgent Assistance

I know this mail may come to
you as strange but i had to contact you now for your possible Urgent
Assistance please regard my request with consideration.

My Name is Mrs.Haniya Abdul Aziz, I am an Libya nationality and i live in Ghana.

Because of Libya Political Crisis i have been in this country for more than 3 years right.

lost My Husband during the Libya Political Crisis On December,2010,My
Husband was a Gold & Diamond Source until his untimely Death.

was Assassinated by the Libya rebels during the Political Crisis
uprising, before his death he had a consignment containing US$10.5
Million ( Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars).

was concealed in a metallic trunk Box Deposited with a Security and
Finance Company in COTE D`IVOIRE under a secret arrangement as a family
treasure,the Security Company does not know that the content of this
Box is Money.

Being that this part of the world experiences
Political Crisis in Libya instability time without number,there is no
guarantee of lives and property i cannot invest this money in Libya.

longer i want you to do me a favor to receive this funds in your
country as the beneficiary to enable the Security Company carry out the Shipment.

I have plans to invest this money in continuation with
the investment vision of my late Husband, but not in Libya again rather
in any country i have the vision of going into real estate and
industrial production.

I want you to help me contact the
Security Company as My late Husband foreign Business Partner, after
receiving the prove from me to enable the Security Company release the
Consignment to you Diplomatically, while i join you on the arrival of
the Box.

All you need to do is to help me contact the security
company and introduce yourself as my late husband's foreign business
partner requesting the Shipment of the Box.

And as soon as
Diplomatic Shipping agent approved the shipment and tell you the arrival
date of the Box then i will join you to give you 25% of the money
instantly for the help and 5% for any expense you might incurred during
the transfer before i go on with the proposed investment in your Domain.

if you are interested to help me receive this Box in your country as my
late husband's foreign business partner, kindly respond in swift to
enable me contact the Security Company and submit your name for the
preparation of the shipment.

Thanks and God bless you for your anticipated corporation.

Waiting for your Urgent reply.

Mrs. Haniya Abdul Aziz.

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