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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:
- "utmost confidentiality" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Sheikh Ahmed Moaz Al-Katib" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Aug 2017 00:00:41 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: FROM: MR. SHEIKH AHMED MOAZ AL-KHATIB
FROM: MR. SHEIKH AHMED MOAZ AL-KHATIB
WALID IBN ABD EL MALEK, DAMASCUS, SYRIA.
Greetings to you,
Good tidings I bring to you this new Year as I hope and believe that I can
trust you to secure my funds in your hands as I trust you to handle it for
investment project for our mutual good and investment benefits. Happy new
business year as I boldly made this business open to your knowledge and
handling experience now.
My name is Sheikh Ahmed Moaz Al-Khatib, leader of the National Coalition for
Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces. I personally have a very serious
problem that need an urgent attention which I believe you can urgently handle
for me as I was assured of your capability, credibility and good repute in
My difficulty is, I have huge funds totaling to the tune of US$50 Million that
I deposited Liquid & Cash through finance firm with a reputable and trusted
Bank for investment purposes. I have just concluded today that I should contact
a credible foreigner to receive the funds and invest with it on my behalf as
the political climate here in Syria do not support my moving out of Syria, and
coupled with monetary restriction imposed on Syrians by the President Bashar al-
Assad led government.
These funds cannot be moved into Syria either as I appeal for your assistance
to receive the funds from the Bank where it is been deposited. Moreover I am
contacting you as to keep to the terms and agreement of deposit with the bank
as the funds is not meant to be delayed in the custody of the coded deposit
treasury for longer than agreed as the funds is not in a running account but in
a bonded coded account with the Finance firm/Bank.
This fund project will start in the Bank and end in the Bank as the funds are
deposited in the Bank while I will give you every detailed information about
how this fund will be transferred to you or your company's account. This huge
fund project is very transparent and open hence a 100% bank-to-bank transaction
dealing is required as your physical presence will be required right in the
Bank for transparent and accountable dealings.
Kindly reply me now as to enable me give you full details about the informed
transaction. I pledge to reward you reasonably and I already have all
arrangement concluded to swiftly release the funds to you on my behalf as the
funds will be finally invested in your Country based on your business
investment advice as investment climate is very conducive in your country as
against the constant war and crises here in Syria which do not guarantee and
support good investment climate for such huge fund as there is no security of
life, property and financial investment here in Syria.
Kindly handle this matter with utmost confidentiality as my good reputation and
credibility should not be undermined please, while my total confidence and
trust is rested on your reputable personality to have this fund project
concluded as everything will happen in your watchful eyes while in the Bank.
For more clarity and better understanding, I refer you to this below website
for more information.
I await your email response and be free to respond to my email with any
question as I will explain well to your good understanding.
Mr. Sheikh Ahmed Moaz Al-Katib