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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: "From Wife Of General Akin Ozturk $13.5 Million Donation"
Date: Thu, 02 Aug 2018 20:47:06 +0100


With due respect, I must apologize for this unsolicited message, I am
aware that this is certainly not a conventional way of approaching an
unknown person for establishment of project I am the wife of General
Akin Ozturk, former four-star General in the Turkish Air Force who
served as the 30th Commander of the Turkish Air Force until August 4,
2015, after his expiration as commander, he continued his duty as a
member of the Supreme Military Council my husband was arrested on 16
July 2016 on charges of having played a leading role in the failed
2016 Turkish Military coup attempt of 15 July. He was stripped of all
his military ranks and indicted for offenses against public order,
conspiracy, and treason. My husband had earlier denied the allegation
with proof and evidence that he never participated in the failed coup
my husband has been humiliated by the Government and has been in
detention without proper medication and food. I am under house arrest
including all the entire family of General Akin Ozturk.

I got your contact details during my online search on international
chambers and commerce/international Phone Numbers-White Pages-Yellow
Pages Search I selected you to assist me to take care of this mission
without any doubt in mind and I have also prayed over this matter that
you will be a reliable and trustworthy person. I was recently
diagnosed with kidney cancer and my condition is really deteriorating
and I have no children of my own so I have decided to contribute the
worth of $13.5 Million currently in offshore account in Europe to aid
the less privileged Worldwide please you should keep this letter
strictly confidential. Please, do not bother yourself to contact the
attorney if you have the intention of using this funds for personal
use other than the enhancement to aid for the less privileged around
you may God Almighty bless us all.

The Attorney to file an immediate application for the transfer of the
funds in your name.
Name: Attorney Mandred H. Chaperon 
Tel : +44 161 850 8390.

Kind Regards!
Mrs. Fatima Aya Ozturk

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