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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: ABU BAKR <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:35:13 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: FROM SYRIA..
I am Abu Bakr, a rebelÂ leader here in AleppoÂ Syria, I and my second in command came across some money that was parked in a metal boxÂ and the money is worth over $ 13 million, in one of President Bashar al-Assadâs allies house and we have moved the money out of the war zone to a security office as medical equipment, but we are looking for a trust worthy person that we can keep the above said money with him or her for safe keeping pending when we are going to finish the fight here in my country Syria.
If you can be of a help kindly get back to us through this Email, and if you are not ready for the assistance please and please do not let this be knownÂ to the world as this may bring division among us the rebels. If my English is not too good please try to understand me and be of kind assistance to us.
Yours sincerely Abu Bakr