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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: "Samia Jamal" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:53:01 +0200
Subject: Your response i need

Pace unto you,

I shouldn’t have done this but due to the circumstances surrounding me I decided to do this. I am sorry for my poor English, I am sorry to contact you in this manner but this the only way I can get your attention, I am a Syrian which my life has been affected by the war, I got your contact from the chambers of Commerce.

My name is Samia Jamal I am 19year the reason why I have contacted you is because I need your urgent help to save my little sister Leila life who is just 16years of age, during our escape out of Syria by the red cross my parent where killed and my sister Leila was shot at the back.

As I speak the doctor managed to remove part of the bullet out of her back and some are still inside Laila back affecting Laila spinal cord which the doctor said he does not have the facility so Laila has been put in an emergence state in the biggest hospital.

As we speak Laila life is at a critical point and I have no hope at all. The only place I can get money is where my father has place a Hugh deposited of money and other valuable at a security company and this I don’t have access to because of my age, I would give you all document needed for you to assist me as my guidance to help me move this money and you help us use it for an investment that you think is profitable I shall give you details about this funds but first my sister life is at risk and I can’t afford to lose her.

Please help me; please help me I beg of you, I shall tell you how you can send so I can help my sister.

I wait to hear from you Please

Samia Jamal

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