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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: Mon, 04 Jul 2016 00:07:13 -0800

Hello My name is Mhd Yahya Arafeh am 59 yrs old, I am one of the Top Govern=
ment functionary in the present government of Bashar al-Assad, the embattle=
d Syrian President, but presently I'm still in Nizip Refugee Camp Turkey wi=
th my family, I am in dire need of a trust worthy individual/Organization w=
ho can receive and secure the sum of Four Million Three Hundred Thousand US=
Dollars deposited in an Insurance Corporation, this is as a result of the =
ongoing war in my country, Syria. I seriously want to remove these funds fr=
om my name to a new name because Syria will soon have a new government whic=
h might affect these funds. For your help and trustworthiness I will compen=
sate you with 40% of the total sum and a stake in whatever business that wi=
ll be setup by you with this fund in future. If you are interested kindly w=
rite me here for more details [] hoping to hear fro=
m you soon. Best Regards Dr.Mhd Yahya Arafeh=20

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