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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: " Mrs.Safia.M. Abdulhafiz Khaled" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:49:37 +0700
Subject: Urgent Reply Needed From Mrs.Safia.M. Abdulhafiz Khaled, from Syria

Assalaam-u Alaikum,
Please contact me only in this private
Before i proceed, may i introduce myself to your good self. my name is Mrs.Safia.M. Abdulhafiz Khaled, from Syria. my late husband was one of the aid on armed forces commander to the  president of Syria,
My husband was killed by President Assad government military because he refused to fight against syria citizens and support him
Prior to the war, we inherited the sum of ($16,300,000 million usd).The money were originally gotten from my late husband proceeds. my late husband was able to safeguard the money from my country and deposited it in one of Asia country. I have decided to contact you because i am interested in investing in your country which is investment friendly.
Please guide and assist me in making the right investment. I am also interested in buying a residential property as i will be moving with my only son Khaled in over there as soon as everything regarding technical and logistics details is worked out and ascertained to our respective satisfaction.
In view of your participation, i am ready to give you a 10 percentage of the fund for your assistance or better still commit it into viable joint venture projects with you. As soon as i get your consent, i will quickly move this money to your country for investment. Please contact me as soon as possible.Include to me your telephone number when reply,
Please contact me only in this private
Your Sincerely,
Mrs Safia.M.Abdulhafiz Khaled

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