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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: "Arthur Dieting" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2013 17:22:19 +0100
Subject: Important Attention


I am Arthur Dieting a personal foreign consultant to the embattled president Bashar al-Assad of Syria.

President Bashar al-Assad knowing full well that his regime is coming to an end due to the political civil

revolution that is engulfing Syria at present coupled with sanctions from western and Islamic cooperation’s as you

may be aware , he has confidentially mandated me to divert substantial sum of his personal funds to a safe place.

I discretely selected you for this proposition while going through dossiers of personalities in your country.

Without mincing words, I am looking for a trusted foreign partner that i can entrust the fund in his care for the

purpose of future investment in a favorable climate that can yield good returns to the capital.

Awaiting your Important response,

Arthur Dieting.

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