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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 message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Miss Zenab" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 01:01:40 +0100
Subject: Re: Please Help
I am Miss.Zenab Sahin 19 years old daughter of General Ehab Sahin the former Syria Army chief under the present government of president Bashar al-Assad of
My father was murdered in cold blood by the president Bashar al-Assad soldiers because my father is not supporting him.My mother died when I was 4 years old, now i am alone.
I have no Parent's and siblins.Meanwhile,before his death he informed of cash
deposit with a Bank in Nicosia the economic capital of Cyprus.I need your assistance to receive this funds to a safe account in your country For investment in a more profitable business venture in your Country. However, you will help me by recommending a nice University in your country so that I can complete
my studies.It is my intention to compensate you with 20% of the total money for your assistance and the balance shall be my capital in your establishment.I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction sincerely.
I am waiting for your urgent respond