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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: "Sokariah" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2016 03:22:53 -0400


Am Sokariah and I am writing you from Syria, I choose to contact you directly as I need a reliable person to trust who can handle my investment in abroad, the huge deposit is with a vault company in Europe and based on my present situation in Syria, I need you urgently to take possession of everything and further directives will follow. On getting your response, I will send you all directives including proof of ownership to the deposit.

Kindly respond back to me through this email address:

I wait for your response.

Yours truly,

Abdul Sokariah

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