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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. Samira Ahmed" <>
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2021 06:18:44 -0700
Subject: Could you help me?

Greetings from Samira. Nice to meet you and I would appreciate your
accepting my request,

My dear, Please read very carefully, I know that this letter may be a
very big surprise to you, It is with tears that I am writing this
message to you from hospital bed far away from my country, in the
midst of strangers with a different language, imaging how painful it
is being a cancer patient, Firstly let me introduce myself to you. My
name is Mrs. Samira Ahmed, a widow to Late Sheik Hassanal Bolkiah
Ahmed of Brunei Darussalam, My husband is the first Son to the last
wife of King Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Saadul Khairi Waddien Ahmed, let
me save your time by not amplifying my extended royal family history
which has already been disseminated by the international media during
the controversial dispute that erupted between my Husband and his
step-brother, the sultan of Brunei H.M.Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
Ahmed who is the former Prime minister of Brunei Darussalam, the tiny
oil-rich country in the Island.

As you may know from the international media, the sultan of Brunei
accused my husband who is his step-brother for financial mismanagement
and impropriety of US$14.8 billion dollars and this was as a result of
the Asian Financial crisis that made government to seas my husband's
company, Amedeo Development Company that was inherited by my husband,
However my husband was kept under house arrest by his own step
brother, our bank accounts and private properties including a crude
oil export refinery were later confiscated by the sultan and to worsen
the whole thing, he has to assassinate my beloved husband and I was
placed under house arrest by the sultan so that I will not tell the
international community what has happened and that is where I
developed this cancer of the lungs which is killing me now but I still
believe that it is the will of God that life treat me this way.

I am 38 years old and I have a son of 15 years of age who is at the
moment in refugee camp in Benin Republic and I am suffering from
cancer of the lungs which I will soon undergo the operation, I want to
also let you know that I am writing you this mail with my laptop in a
private hospital here where I am taking my part-time treatments, and
the doctors has made me to understand that I have only 20% chance to
survive this surgery , that is the mean reason I contact you. What
will you do if your doctor comes up and tells you that you have only a
few weeks to live? You can imagine the kind of pains I am going

To avoid further prosecution and sufferings from the sultan and his
security operatives since I have lost my husband and I have my only
child to keep me happy, I decided to leave my country Brunei to Benin
Republic in West Africa where my husband has deposited the sum of
(US$3.7 Million U.S Dollars) in a reputable bank but unfortunately for
me this my illness has became worst and I have been placed at the
hospital for medical attention here, so I am planning to fly to abroad
for good medication and a perfect surgical operation because according
to what my doctor told me that I may not live for more than a month
without this operation, I am so scared about this because I want to
make a future for my only son before undergoing this surgery so that
even if I die on process of this surgery, my son will be taken care of
by you.

The reason why I am contacting you is to know if you are capable to
have this total fund (US$3.7 Million U.S Dollars) transferred into
your nominated bank account in your country, to enable you arrange for
a better hospital over there so that I can come there for a better
surgery and also to know if you can take care of my son when I will be
undergoing this surgery, I have decided to give you this sum of
(US$3.7 Million U.S Dollars) that I inherited from my late husband so
that you can invest it in a very lucrative business in your country,
we never can tell what will happen during the surgery, so that in case
if anything happen to me during this operation, my son will have a
business/funds to inherit for a good future .

As soon as I receive your reply with your full contact information, I
shall give you the contact of the Bank. I will also issue you a letter
of authority which will prove that you are the new beneficiary of my
funds, and the documents concerning the deposit. Please assure me that
you will act accordingly as I stated herein. Hope to hear from you
soonest. I am waiting for your response.

Best Regards,
Mrs. Samira Ahmed

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