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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Abdul Aziz Kazkaz M" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 19 May 2013 08:28:52 -0400
Please, i want you to understand that my contact to you isof good faith
and benefiting, though i know you will be very surprise of me contacting
you, but please give this mail an attention as i have a positive intention
with approaching you to assist me in partnership with safeguarding my
My name is Abdul Aziz Kazkaz Mahmoud, from Damascus, Syria.I was a
Government official working under the Ministry of Housing and
Estates.Since eruption of Syria civil war, all my assets was burnt down
by the opposition fighters,and I lost everything i have including my two
companies and houses
due to my political pathways.
The rebels have declared me wanted and i'm afraid i will be killed if they
get to apprehend me. Right now, I'm in a hideout in an unknown place.
Before the catastrophe started in Syria, I have a deposit which I made
in a Financial house outside the country. Now,I'm seeking for your partnership to safeguard the asset since
I cannot be able to go for the release of the asset to avoid any trace. I
want to entrust my deposit,which is my last hope to your able care, so that we can
go into an investment partnership in steel and Metal production which I
have acquired skills and knowledge,and other lucrative business venture we
can establish as per your suggestion.
Before I go into further details, please be informed that I am writing
this to you without any other persons pre-knowledge of my contact to you.
I will give you more details when I receive your interest in return.
I await your response,
Peace be unto you.
Abdul Aziz Kazkaz M