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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: Miss Jasmin Ibrahim <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:22:06 +0100
Subject: GOOD DAY,


I do recognized the surprise this letter will bring to you, most especially
as it comes from a stranger. I am Mrs.Jasmin Ibrahim i am 50yrs widowed
woman .

I am married to Dr.Mohandas Ibrahim from India who was a director and
accounting department of all Petroleum Company in Libya for years before
he died in March 2011 during the Libya War.

We were married for twenty good years without a child. Before his death we
were both faithful Muslim and I decided not to remarry or get a child
outside my matrimonial home .

When my late husband was alive he deposited one trunk box which is a value
of $10.500,000USD (Ten Million,Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars)
with a security company outside Libya.

I was presently in Hospital simply because i received a straight bullet
beside my liver and i constituted that its very serious problem in which i
cannot say Walther i will succeed the operation or not.

Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to any religion
association/ institution or individual that will utilize this money the way
I am going to instruct herein.

I want anybody that will use this fund for orphanages home, hospital,
mosque,church, school and propagating the word of mighty Allah.I took this
decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money also i
don't know any of my husband family or relatives that will claim this fund.

Please if you can do this deal with me in trust,honest and one mind, please
send your information as listed below:EMAIL........


I will direct you to concern company immediately I receive above listed
information from your end.any delay in your reply will give me chance in
sourcing another any individual for this same purpose. Please assure me
that you will act accordingly as I Stated herein.Hoping to receive your

Mrs.Jasmin Ibrahim.

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