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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:
Date: 7 Oct 2019 10:30:24 -0700
Subject: I have 1 Month to die( Read me Urgent)
My Name is Sr.Juma Hammad Majid,I am from Saudi Arabia I have
been diagnosed with cancer. It has defiled all forms of medical
treatment, and right now I have only about a few months to live,
according to medical experts. I have not particularly lived my
life so well, as I never really cared for anyone (not even
myself) but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never
generous, I was always hostile to people and only focused on my
business as that was the only thing I cared for.But now I regret
all this as I now know that there is more to life than just
wanting to have or make all the money in the world. I believe
when God gives me a second chance to come to this world I would
live my life a different way from how I have lived it.
I would want to have a Personal and Trustworthy Relationship with
you, as I intend and willing to empower the change of ownership
for the transfer of my Deposits to your personal possession for
further Investment and Charity Disbursement to the Less Privilege
and Homeless. I have tried entrusting my funds to my relatives
for charity work but they failed me.
I will send you the photos of me and my very hopeless and selfish
family a member, including my wife who I learnt is getting
married to my personal friend and attorney, Thank you for your
God be with you.
Sr. Juma al Majid