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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: Mrs. Kristin Goodwin Hassan <>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2020 05:35:59 -0700
Subject: From Mrs. Kristin Goodwin Hassan

>From Mrs. Kristin Goodwin Hassan
Membership in Turkish Parliament Association

My Dearest One,

Let me start by introducing myself, My name is Mrs. Kristin Goodwin Hassan. I have been suffering from Breast cancer disease and the doctor says that I have just a short time to live. For the past Twelve years, I have being dealing on Coal exportation, before falling ill due to the Cancer of the breast.

My late husband, Dr. Ali Goodwin Hassan, a retired diplomat and one time minister of mines and Power in the republic of Turkey made a lot of money from the sales of Gold and cotton while he was a minister, but we had only one child Name Mustafa Goodwin Hassan, he is only 12-years.

later, my husband realized through a powerful Man, that it was evil course instituted by his brother in other to inherit his wealth, but before then it was too late, I and my husband agreed that he should remarry another wife but our Religion did not permit it, while planning this my husband’s brother heard it and they planned and killed my husband at the age of 56, he died in the month of September 2019.

Please I know this may come to you by surprise, because you did not know me, I needed your assistance that was why I write you through divine direction, it is my desire of going into relationship with you. Before his death we were both born Muslim. Now that I am very sick and according to the doctor, will not survive the sickness.The worst of it all is that I do not have any family members, expect my little Boy but he is too small to handle This.I am writing this letter now through the help of the computer beside My sick bed. . When my late husband was alive we deposited the sum of USD$30.5M (Thirty Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S.Dollars) with Finance/Bank Presently, Iam willing to instruct my Bank to transfer the said fund to you as my foreign Trustee. Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to church or better still a Christian individual Or a Muslim that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in. I want a person or church that will use this fund to churches, orphanages, research centers and widows propagating the work of Charity and to ensure that the house of Orphanage is maintained.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Finance/Bank. I am offering you 35% of the principal sum and 5% will be for any expenses that both of us may Insure in this transaction. And another 5% will go for Motherless babes home. However, you have to assure me and also be ready to go into agreement with me that you will not elope with my fund. If you agree to my terms,

My Regards to your Family,
Yours Faithfully,
Mrs. Kristin Goodwin Hassan

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