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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: Jelveh Shokuhi <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:32:56 -0000

My Dear Friend,

I am Jelveh Shokuhi (23 yrs old girl of Iranian origin) living in Homs, Syria.
I lost my parents, two brothers, and relations with our family assets/house
during the recent war in Syria. I was just lucky to be alive. The civil war in
Syria is growing more apparent as the conflict steadily intensifies between
the Alawite-dominated regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the
mainly Sunni rebel Free Syrian Army. Th war has intensified with the recent
ISIS Terrorist beheading and killings trying to take over the country as an
islamic calipahte. At the start of the rebellion before this tragedy, my late
father who was a businessman who dealt on GOLD & DIAMONDS and made good
savings from his business, withdrew all his money from the bank and packaged
it in a box labeled as GOLD & DIAMOND but concealed in it is the sum of USD12
million in cash. The box was safely moved out of Syria with the help of a
Diplomat, for safety of the funds due to the rebellion against the government
as he was an anti-Bashar al-Assad and supported the protesters. He did not
want Bashar al- Assad barbaric government to seize his funds at the bank.

I seek your urgent cooperation to take delivery and keep safe the box/funds
and assist me relocate to your country as I am presently stranded here and
have no access to it. Presently I have receive email from the diplomat
confirming he has safely moved the box away and deposited it safely at a
diplomatic courier warehouse abroad. I am writing you to assist me receive
this box in your country, and keep safely for me until I am able to relocate
from here. You have my permission/authority to collect 20% of the funds on
receiving it, for your timely assistance. Please indicate your readiness to
assist me immediately so that all the information about this box will be
passed to you immediately. Send to me immediately the following information;
1. Your names, contact address, and telephone numbers. 2. Date of birth,
occupation, sex, marital status and identification copy for documentation
purposes. As soon as I receive your reply mail I shall forward your
information to the diplomatic courier company abroad to contact you for the
delivery of the box to you as my proxy. I shall send you the Power of Attorney
to present to the diplomatic courier company so that they can release the box
to you. I wait for your reply with info to my email:

Your friend in need,
Jelveh Shokuhi

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