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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: "Job" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:18:26 -0800
Subject: Re:

I am William Job, 83year old from California resident in Toronto,ON for my ailment solace. I found your contact online in search for a potential kind hearted individual with good knowledge of business. I am an anti-trump and even donated some funds for support of Hillary Clinton Campaign and its so regretful that my enemy is resuming office next year which could cost loss. My family and friends have distanced me because of Spanish Flu influenza virus that has been a threat to my life and so very weak now and doctor verdict is just for a couple of months. I am  looking for someone i could trust with $23.520M fixed deposit fund with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management for investing it into lucrative businesses which its 40percent proceeds should be forwarded to refugee camps, 30percent to cancer victims and the rest for you and helping your community.
The most part of the fund belongs to my late Syrian friend SHIBILI YOUSEF ALAYSSAMI which he left with me before he went missing though he was struggling with cancer and i have to get the fund fixed deposited. I will forward you my international passport identity in due course if required.  So, if you have a very good business idea with which you can invest this fund, i would want you to get back to me with your Full Name and Contact.
Will stop here till i read back from you and i hope you can be trusted.
Link to verify my about my friend / business partner SHIBILI YOUSEF ALAYSSAMI  is
Best Regards,
Dr William M  Job

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