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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: "Mrs. Yasmina M. Ayoub" <>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:43:05 -0700
Subject: Please save me and my family from this mess

Dear Sir,

Could you please as a matter of urgency be of help to us in taking
custody of an amount of $5,000.000.00 to be moved into Jordan out of
Syria in the face of civil war all over Syria. Due to my husbands
position in the Syria Army and the treat in our life’s, it has become
very necessary and crucial for us to secure the family future. All
preliminary arrangement to move this fund out of Syria is in place
awaiting slightest opportunity and assurance from the diplomatic
source we are using to move the fund and are hopeful that in the next
72hrs it will arrive for safe keeping in a secured security trust
awaiting our nominee and trustee to take

We are willing to negotiate percentage on the total amount in your
favor and will be very happy to hear from you upon receipt of the
classified message. We appeal to you to keep this message very
confidential as even the security house in Jordan will not be made
aware of content in the consignment for security reasons.

Please reply on my private E-mail: ( )

Mrs. Yasmina M. Ayoub

My private E-mail: ( )

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