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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: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 09:37:39 -0700
Subject: I have been diagnosed with cancer.

I am Zenab Mustafa, 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 care for anyone (not even myself) but
all i do is my business.

I am very rich but 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 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, The only
help I need from you at this point is to be in constant prayers with me
and I would want to have a Personal Trustworthy Relationship with you, I
have over US$2.1Million in Access Bank PLC and I have decided to donate
this fund to church or to who will utilize the money the way I would
recommend here, I want the fund to be use for orphanages, widows, or to
promote the word of God and the effort in the house of God.

I can empower my attorney to change the fund ownership to your name and
transfer the fund to your bank account

Thank you for your due consideration. God be with you. You can reach me
through my private email address before it will be late for me

Zenab Mustafa

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