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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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Fraud email example:

From: Abudul sayee <>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:48:20 +0700
Subject: can i trust you?

Dear good Friend

My name is Engr. Abudul Sayee from Damascus Syria, government officials,
financial consultant advisers to some Top Politician in Syria, also an oil
Tycoon from Syria and Saudi Arabia. Al Fur-at Petroleum Company (A.F.P.C)
the leader in the region in Reservoir Management A.F.P.C was established
under Service Contract no. 210 ratified by Law no. 43 of 1977 and named as
per decree-law no. 12 in 1985. A.F.P.C is a joint venture company between
the General Petroleum Corporation (50%) and private shareholders Syria
Shell Petroleum Development (S.S.P.D) before the Syria war, now that the
war is likely to be over, i do not know my faith and position as i stand as
one of the target opposition of president Bashar Al- Assad.

Now that the President is planing to returned the country to an elected
government, which is not very truth, because he will still be the one to
preside over the government of Syria, all his opposition and their families
will be in danger, of which i and my family are one of them.

It is on this note i seek to contact you by email message on important
proposition to help me secure the fund amounted to ($38,200,000.00) Thirty
Eight Million Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars. I secured raw
cash here in Syria, some months back during the war, i attempted to move
the funds through the border connecting Syria and Iraq but the arrangement
failed because the attempt was made in a wrong time, that was when 0ver 42
Al-Assad men got killed in the border, you can understand more from this
I have a special arrangement to move the funds through the Turkish Border
and out of this region through Turkish airways, i need a partner outside
Syria to make the arrangement perfect as i don't have bank account outside
Syria, please consider to work out the arrangement with me if you are
interested i will offer you 40% for your notable assistance.

As an opposition in President Bashar Al-Assad government my life and that
of my family are not safe, if president Bashar Al-Assad happen to be in
power that will be the end of my life, i have plan to relocate my
investment planning to your country, out of Syria, now that Syria security
and our Economic independent has been lost to the greatest lower level, and
our culture has been lost forever and our happiness has been taking away
from us.

I will like to relocate my family out from Syria, here in my country there
is fire on the mountain, in as much as the president Bashar Al- Assad is
still negotiating for power, i need you as my foreign partner to enable me
transport my investment capital and then relocate with my family. honestly,
i wish you and i will discuss more as we get along.

I 'm interested in buying properties houses, Building real estate and some
tourist places. I will appreciate your idea and knowledge regarding this
or any other profitable investment you may suggest, on my next email i will
explain to you the full details of this investment proposal.

I shall tell you more about myself and my family on my next email upon your
respond, you may as well tell me little more about yourself. I'm waiting
for your good responds. through my private mail box [].

Best regards,

Engr Abudul Sayee

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