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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. Abdul Nasser Sokariah" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. Abdul Nasser Sokariah" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:29:09 +0800 (MYT)
Subject: Re: Payment Against Invoice 0033

Good Day Sir,

As your request, you can find in attachment copy of bank Transfer slip that
was effected to your account, on behalf of my client on the 9th and 10th of
June. Please check with your bank and confirm date of shipment.

Mr. Abdul Nasser Sokariah

AL _ Jisr AL-Abyadh Street

Romani Building Floor 3 P.O.Box 3236

Damascus _ Syria

Phone 00963113163073
Int. Mobil 00963933659664

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