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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: Jamillah NORIAH ANUAR <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2022 10:25:53 -0700
Subject: Greetings!!!

Dear Friend,

Please forgive me if my request is not acceptable by your kind person, I
got your email contact from Google peoples search.

I am Mrs. Jamillah Noriah Anuar, a widow and businesswoman, a citizen of
Malaysia; I am undergoing medical treatment at KPJ Kuching Specialist
Hospital as result of being diagnosed with brain tumor disease, since after
the sudden death of my Daughter, Grandchildren and Son In-law in a plane
crash on their way back from Kazakhstan transiting via Amsterdam, perished
on board the ill-fated Flight Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.


It has gotten to a very bad stage which my doctors have confirmed and
announced to me that I have only a few weeks to live on earth according to
the medical experts. Having known my present health condition, I decided to
donate the sum of (MYR25, 000,000.00 Malaysian Ringgits) to Non
profit-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Individuals to support the
Orphanage children,Less privileges, Elderly people for healthcare services,
and most needy families & more around the world.

I decided to donate this money for charity projects around the world, now
I’m ending the race like this without any family members and no children
who will inherit the money after I die, as my doctor has confirmed that I
will not survive from this illness.

I urgently need your sincerity and ability to carry out this transaction
and fulfill my final wish in implementing the charitable works in your

Your urgent reply will be appreciated for more detailed information.
Best regards
Writing by Dr. Haris Njoo Suharjono
On Behalf Of Mrs. Jamillah Noriah Anuar.

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