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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: Ayman Abdulaal <>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:27:43 +0100


It's my pleasure to introduce myself via this means. I am Engr. Ayman
Abdulaal, from Damascus Syria now a retired government official. I was
former personal investor & financial consultant advisers to some Top
Politician in Syria, also an oil Tycoon from Syria and Saudi Arabia. I am
making this contact to you in request of your assistance as an
individual/company to help me handle an investment in your country. I would
appreciate your kind response if you are willing to handle the project for


Engr. Ayman Abdulaal

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