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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "i will like you to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "mrs Anabia B.kayali" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:23:21 +0300
Subject: Read And Get Back to me Urgent
My name is Mrs Anabia B. Kayali from Idlib in Syria Arab Republic. Me
and my kids are in Bab Al Salaam refugee camp between syria and
turkey.My Late husband was killed in Idlib in his commercial business
area.i really need a sincere person. i was an English teacher in
Damascus Shell School before the war in syria started.anything i tell
you here is the truth let Allah be my witness ok.I need your assistance
for you to stand as my family representative and investment manager
according to my late husband account officer advise to me.i write this
to see if you can help me to keep this money with you as my family
representative and investment manager.i will like you to keep for me and
my kids 7.5million great britain pounds in my late husband enterprise
account in one of the banks in London. My late husband was a crude oil
business man before he died ok. The war in my country have scattered all
my family relatives.My two female kids names are fatima and amira But my
late husband name is Mr. Asaad Yahya kayali.What you are to do is to
take 30% of this money and keep the rest for me and my Kids ok. If you
accept to help me please tell me and reply me quickly because i have
email Mrs jasmine becker my late husband account officer working in the
bank there in london and she advise me on what to do because the bank
reported the account as abandoned estate because the account is dormant
for a long time now.most of our houses in Idlib and Aleppo is
destroyed.inna lillaahi wa inna ilayhi raaji un.
As my fellow human being consider Syrian people on this civil war
condition. If you accept helping me please email me back because I cant
answer a phone call now because in Bab Al Salaam, the Turkey military
based land army is not allowing anybody used their telephone Booth in
Bab Al Salaam in Azaz Town ok.the military authority refused syrian to
use their telephone booth and computer room we can only use the
telephone booth when they are not around.i swear to Allah It is because
the woman taking care of the computer room likes my daughter Fatima and
that is why she allow me to use the computer when the Army Chief not in
the camp. and them not allowing us cross the main boarder gate without
getting the military pass order permit and it is very difficult to get
it. I thought the peace keeping conference on 22 January 2014 will make
peace in syria so that i will use my hand go for the money but no way.i
have wait for long now so that is why i choose to do it the way mrs
jasmine becker advise me now and save my kids ok.
I will give you more information about the money and other direction as
Mrs. jasmine becker advise me if you accept to help me ok. but with
Allah we can trust each other. We dont know where good thing we come out
from except Allah Subhana wa Taala but i promise that i will give you
30%. wallah billah, i swear to Allah i will not disappoint you as i
promise. Allah knows the heart of its slaves ok.
PLEASE BELOVED YOU HAVE TO KEEP THIS MONEY SECRET AND CONFIDENTIAL SO
THAT ANOTHER PERSON WILL NOT CLAIM IT FROM US OK.
ALSO I DO NOT WANT YOU TO INVOLVE ANY OTHER PERSON IN THIS TRANSACTION I
WANT YOU TO HANDLE IT PERSONALLY OK.
PLS CONTACT ME DIRECTLY ON MY EMAIL MAKE SURE YOU REPLY ONLY TO THIS
mrs Anabia B.kayali