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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Paula Chehab" <>
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2018 07:00:06 -0400
Subject: I worked with Kuwait oil Company (KOC )


As you read this, I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because, I believe everyone will die someday.I'm Mrs Paula Chehab im born in Kuwait and I'm a merchant in Dubai, in the U.A.E. I worked with Kuwait oil Company (KOC ) for eight years as a contractor. I have been diagnosed with Esophageal cancer for months now .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 ever really cared for anyone (not even myself) but my business. Though I was 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.

Now that God has called me, I have willed and given most of my property and assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as a few close friends. so, I have decided to give alms to charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth. So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations . *

Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute the money which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria and Pakistan, they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them.

The only person I would have trusted to do this with is my lawyer but he is a very busy man as he is occupied with other official tasks, thus he would not have the time to assist me with this mission as I want to see this done before my death.

The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of eighteen million dollars $18,000,000, which i kept inside consignment box and deposit to Citibank London . I will want you to help me collect this box and dispatch the money there to charity organizations in Asia as i feel that have meet you once in seminar at China and i feel i can trust you to handle the project for me . I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner. Hence the reason for taking this bold decision. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord. according to word of God who says, that the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace.

I shall give you more details once you reply this mail. I have set aside 20% for you and for your time .God be with you.
I await your reply on my email so i can give you more details , right now I'm in St Andrews Hospital Spain.

My private mail box.

The Lord is my Strength
Remain blessed.

Paula Chehab

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