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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: "Rev Sis Aisha Hassan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:51:04 +0100
Subject: Dear beloved,

Dear beloved,
  Please accept my unreserved apology if this short humanitarian proposition offends your sensitivity.  I got your email in the course of my quest today for an honest and God fearing person and i decided to embark on this because i believe good and honest people still exist. But before i proceed, I wish to introduce myself first, my name is Rev Sis Aisha Hassan, I am from Istanbul, Turkey. I have decided to donate all i have to a good and trusted person who will act according to my wishes, I am 67years old and i am suffering from Lungs cancer for about two years now and i have been ordered by God to donate all i have inherited from my late father and my career to you for the promotion of God work, rather than to allow my uncle to use my fathers hard earned funds ungodly.
I will be undergoing an operation in Australia and my doctor informed me that my chances of survival is slim due to my excessive health deterioration. Because of this i want to donate my funds worth $9,150,000.00USD (Nine Million One Hundred and Fifty Thousand USA DOLLAR) to you. It is deposited in a secured bank in turkey and i want it to be invested for the good work of God, to assist the orphans, the needy and to help the motherless. My personal doctor have told me that i may not live for than two months and i am scared and concerned about it since i have no child of my own as my spiritual obligation does not permit me to marry.
Presently, i have informed my lawyer and my spiritual Father, Rev Fr Timothy Coleman about my decision to will this fund to a trusted and honest person .
Respond back to immediately if you are interested to carry out this task so that i will instruct you on how to get in contact with my lawyer and my account officer. Get back to me via my private email address( with the following information
Rev Sis Aisha Hassan

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