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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: "Mrs.Rahab Ali" <>
Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2019 15:47:39 -0800
Subject: Dear Beloved,

Dear Beloved,

Greetings in the name of our Lord . I’m Mrs.Rahab Ali the widow of late Mr
Abdul Ali , I’m 74 year sold. I am a Christian convert, suffering from
prolonged cancer of the breast, from all medical indications my condition
has really deteriorated and it’s pretty obvious that i may not live for
more than six months owning to the rapid growth by stage and the
excruciating pain that accrues to it.

My husband was killed during the Gulf War,and our long years of marriage
was not blessed with children. My husband was very wealthy.After his death
I inherited all his business and funds. My doctor has diagnosed and told me
privately what i should expect, building my spirit for the inevitable .He
says i may not last for more than six months,based on this i have taken the
decision to share part of my funds and wealth in contribution to the
development of the Church and society with major focus on the poor, needy
and victims of HIV/AIDS.

I selected you after visiting the website having prayed over it, I am
willing to donate the sum of $6.300,000USD for your work to help the poor,
needy,and less privileged among your congregations/society. Please note
that this fund is deposited in a bank in the country where my husband
worked, My lawyer will file the application for the transfer of this money
in your designated name and information’s, after my applications and

The grace of our Lord , the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy
Spirit be with you. finally i honestly employ you to make sure that these
funds are put to use only for this purpose, a good one you can agree with
me,and remember these are the demands of a dieing woman who has a life in
the lord. I now realize that wealth without life in Christ is vanity and
non-sense.Always remember that.

May the grace and blessings of God be and remain with you.

I shall be awaiting for your response.

Mrs.Ali Rahab

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