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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: Dorottaya Hameed <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2016 23:19:41 +0100
Subject: Good day,


I wish you would not be scared of my message as you don't know me physically. Please, you should not be afraid of my communication with you I am Madam Dorottaya Hameed, from Kobane-Syria, a widow and mother of 3 kids. My husband and my first daughter were slaughtered by the Iraqi Da'ish fighters who were fighting in Syria to overthrow the Syrian President Assad.

I have a private and confidential matter I wish to explain to you if you would help me. I need a sincere person who will not abuse my trust in his person nor put me in tears. I am in possession of my late husband’s fund deposit certificate worth $5million {Five Million United States Dollars} which he deposited with a security and deposit company in United Arab Emirates. Due to the ongoing civil war here, I am in a refugee camp in Zaatri Jordan with my children and would like you to help me secure the fund in your account and help me leave the camp with my children and start a new life. I would like to give you more details with 20% offer in gratitude of your divine assistance if you can assist me with sincerity. please respond back through my alternate email address:

Looking forward on your response.
Dorottaya Hameed.

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