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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: "Jennifer Amina" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:31:19 +0700

Hello Am sorry to this disturb you. My name is
Jennifer Amina Saib, am from Syria. There is serious war
crisis here in Syria, and I have lost my parents and my two
brothers in war.
I want you to help me to receive GBP. Two million British pounds sterling, which my late father deposited with my name in a bank in London, I can not go to London because of war here in Syria. I want to come to your country and start a new life, because am the only survival in my family. I agree that you should take 40 percent of the fund and you keep 50 percent for me, then you give 10 percent to the charity.
Contact me for more details of the money:
Hej er ked af at dette forstyrre dig. Mit navn er
Jennifer Amina SAIB, er fra Syrien. Der er alvorlig krig
krise her i Syrien, og jeg har mistet mine forældre og mine to
brødre i krig.
Jeg vil have dig til at hjælpe mig til at modtage GBP. To millioner britiske pounds sterling-som min afdøde far Deponeret med mit navn på en bænk i London, kan jeg ikke tage til London på grund af krig her i Syrien. Jeg ønsker at komme til dit land og starte et nyt liv, fordi er den eneste konkurrence i min familie. Jeg accepterer, at du påtager tage 40 procent af fonden og du holder 50 procent for mig, så du giver 10 procent til velgørenhed.
Kontakt mig for yderligere oplysninger om de penge:

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