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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: Dr Ali Haidar <>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 04:24:39 -0700
Subject: Kind Attention

Dear Sir/Madam

I am sorry to encroach into your privacy in this manner, I found you listed in
the Trade Center Chambers of Commerce directory here in Syria, I find it
pleasurable to offer you my partnership in business.I only pray at this time
that your address is still valid. My Name is Ali Haidar, born in Hama in 1962.
I studied ophthalmology at the Damascus University, and specialized in
surgery and eye diseases. While studying ophthalmology I was in class with
Bashar Al-Assad and graduated the same year.

I am one of the opposing candidate elected into Parliament in May 2012 and
was given a ministerial post, The other person Jamil Qadri, Ali Haidar's major
goal is to search for a pluralistic political solution through reconciliation
meetings involving all parties mutually recognizing each other's right to
participate in society and governance while excluding extremists Syrian civil
war On 12 February 2013, I started in a press brief that the Syrian
government can hold peace talk with head of Syrian opposition captained by
Moaz Al Khatib.

Right now i have big problem with the president Bashar Al-Assad because I told
him to stop the war and embrace peace and he is threatening to remove me out
of office and kill me. But I have some money for an investment. Could you
please assist me search for a lucrative or profitable business to invest in
your country (An investment that can generate at least 7% of my invested
capital annually).

kindly indicate your interest to enable me detail you more about my intention
to invest in your country on this media because all my telephone conversations
are being monitored by the government. I will give you more details when I
hear from you. Reply through:

Dr. Ali Haidar

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