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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: "Mr. Williams" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2018 23:55:25 -0800


My name is Mrs Ablah Yusuf from Syria, I am writing you from this mail addr=
ess for security reasons, My major priority of contacting you is to ask for=
your assistance in helping me and my two daughters relocate out of Syria, =
that requires immediate and swift execution. Many families are running for=
their dear lives as soldiers are killing civilians, women and children. I =
need you to help i and my two daughters relocate out of Syria as soon as po=
ssible ,including our funds worth $283 million USD and personal belongings.=
I will relocate to your country with my family and invest the money in acc=
ordance with law, your advice and assistance...Please help us =


Yours Sincerely
Mrs . Ablah Yusuf =20

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