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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: "Yasmeen Quandt" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 5 Mar 2016 16:53:58 -0000
Subject: Assalamualaikum from Yasmeen

In the name of Allah the most Beneficent and Most Merciful, His Holy Prophets and the most respected of His Prophet-Prophet Mohammed (the Peace of Allah be with him).

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahiwabarakatuh!!! I am Mrs. Yasmeen Quandt. I am a citizen of Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. I am married to Late Mr. Henry W. Quandt. The manager in West Coast Mining Limited Ghana

We were married for years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only two weeks. Before his death we were both faithful Muslim. Since his death I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home which the holly Quaran is against. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of ($12 Million USD dollars) in a financial institution here in Kumasi, Ghana where he works as a manager in West Coast Mining Limited Ghana which I inherited after his death.

My worries now reason of contacting you are that my doctor notified me recently that I have less than one month to live due to my unfortunate ailment which is cancer problem. I decided to donate these funds to you to help me and support the orphanages home, hospital, Motherless babies, mosque, and Muslim school in your country and propagating the word of mighty Allah and to Endeavour that the house of mighty Allah is maintained my happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Muslim. Fill your details below and send to my Islamic knowledge leader Ulama Ali Nasser Email:

1. Your full name:..........................
2. Your occupation/position in office:..........................
3. Your date of birth:........
4. Marital status:.............
5. Nationality:.............
6. Your full contact addresses (Home/office):
7. Your private telephone/fax:...............

I have handed all the relevant document including the deposit certificate to Ulama Ali Nasser. Pls contact Ulama Ali Nasser to help and assist you at Phone: +233269552934

Your sister in Islam,
Mrs. Yasmeen Quandt

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