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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: "kusumadmo" <>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 07:03:05 +0700
Subject: Urgent Response

Desk of Mrs Baha Hussein
Syrian Petroleum Company
Dummar Province Expransion Square ,
Island 19- Building 32
P.O.BOX 2849 or 3378
Middle East, Damascus

A very good day to you. We have an immediate business proposal that involves
US$22,000,000.00 (Twenty Two Million United States Dollars) which we will
like to invest under your custody. Once I receive a message from

you notifying me of your interest, the details of the transaction/the terms
and condition of sharing regarding the business would then be brought to
your knowledge.Your urgent response will be highly appreciated and will
swiftly bring us to the commencement of the transaction. We hope to

conclude. This transaction within 10-14 working days do not forget to
contact me on the receipt of this e-mail address. And please you have to
maintain absolute confidentiality as regards this pending transaction. You
have to send me your phone and fax numbers too so I can contact you.

I urgently await your response. By email.(

Best Regards,

Mrs.Baha Hussein

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