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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:

Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 13:33:11 +0200 (CEST)



Date: 27/05/2016


With due respect, I am very sorry to encroach into your privacy in this
manner, please do accept my sincere apologies if my mail fails to meet
your personal ethics, I would respectfully request that you keep the
contents of this mail secret and confidential and respect the integrity of
the information as my confidence was reposed on you. I know this might
come to you as a surprise, But permit me to introduce my good self; I am
Mrs.Faridah Al-Khouli, wife and widow of the late Brig. Gen.Issa Al-Khouli
of Damascus, in Syria who was assassinated by gunmen February 11 2012 on
Saturday morning as he left the home in the Damascus neighborhood of
Rukn-Eddine by the President Bashar Assad's men. I cannot leave the
country due to the restriction of movement imposed on me and members of my
family by the Bashar Assad's government before his sudden death.

Secretly, am presently residing at Sao Tome & Principle in province on the
Guniea border since I ran away for my dear life five years ago. My late
husband Al-Khouli was a doctor and the chief of a military hospital in the
capital who also has (3) oil blocks in the country. I have been suffering
from pancreatic cancer problem that makes me unfit to move around. I have
been totally betrayed by my husband’s close associates. I have reasons why
I decided to contact you because my situation presently is miserable but I
trust in Almighty God and hope you will be of my help. more than 650,000
people have been killed in a brutal crackdown on an uprising against
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime since 2010.

Recently a Diplomatic Finance & Security Company in Europe disclosed the
sum of €500,000,000 Million Euros, belonging to my late husband that was
lodged in there company which only me knows about before his death.
Personally, I kept this information secret within myself due to my present
health condition. In view of all these, I hereby solicit for your humble
assistance to help me receive the fund the sum of €500,000,000,00 (Five
Hundred Million Euros) into your offshore bank account. Be rest assured
that this transaction is 100% risk free, that is why I am contacting you
with confidence, and as a means of developing a cordial and fruitful
business relationship to assist me in this great venture.

View below the profile link publication news of the death of my husband
for your perusal

I personally therefore appeal and seek for your permission to present you
as my family NEXT of KIN for no risk is involved as all necessary
arrangements towards the fund has been successful perfected. We shall
employ the services of an attorney for drafting and notarization of the
LETTER OF ADMINISTRATION and to obtain the necessary authentication,
approval and a letter from the office of the probate registry in your
favor for the transfer to be done. All that is needed from you is your
sincere co-operation and understanding. Acting in this capacity really is
simple; all you have to do is to contact the attorney with your full
details so that he can prepare the necessary documents and affidavits that
will put you in place as the NEXT of KIN. My official lines are not secure
lines as they are periodically monitored, that has been the reasons why I
cannot be reached. Note: This has to be kept top secret and confidential
to you alone, the success of this business relies in your hand if you keep
it, confidential as am writing you based on trust and honesty to perfect
this business. You will be highly compensated for your assistance and also
will be informed of the modalities of this project on your urgent reply to
this mail. We shall enter into deed of partnership bond and agreement
which will be drafted upon your acceptance to my proposal by the attorney.
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of law.

Conclusively, you will be entitled to 35% of the total sum as
gratification, while 10% will be kept aside for any incurable expenses
that will come during the course of the transaction, I then intend coming
over there on the completion of this transfer to secure my own share 55%
to be used in lucrative business investment in your home country. If you
are not satisfied with the percentage sharing of the fund feel free to let
me know. Please note that your urgent attention in this respect will be
highly appreciated as it will help us to clear this subject matter at the
earliest time and get you proceeds immediately as I instruct. I must also
use this opportunity to implore you to exercise the utmost indulgence to
keep this matter extraordinarily confidential, whatever your decision,
while I await your prompt response. Note that the particular nature of
your company's business is irrelevant to this transaction
Thank you so much, and waiting for your urgent reply,

Best Regards

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