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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: "Mrs. Ichrak Mahmoud Saffaf" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:59:25 -0700
Subject: Re:Reply


I am Mrs.Ichrak Mahmoud Saffaf with passport number 0047894842, born on 05/05/1959 in Hama Syria. I work with the CHARTED NATIONAL BANK here in Hama Syria. I wish to introduce you to a life changing deal, please pay attention to this. Shortly after i was transferred here in this brance as administrative manger, i discovered an abandoned and as well domant account with a wopping sum $36.4m USD belonging to one Feras Alhussami Bachar with passport number 008141344, from Homs Syria who was killed along side his family members some time in 2015. After thorough investigation about this account, i found out that the beneficiary to this account was also dead. So, in order to completely secure the money i made an arrangement with our affliate bank in Cambodia and transfer the money to an ESCROW account without any beneficiary details.

I have decided to contact you after the bank ask me to provide the beneficiary or the owner of the fund that it has stayed more than the period allowed for such account according to their banking policy OR the would put it in the bank treasury. All i will be needing from you is for you to stand as the beneficiary to the fund. I am willing share the money with you on 40%/60% ratio if you can give me your maximum cooperation.

However, i assure you that this transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law both in your country and Cambodia once the fund is transferred to your bank account. For the bank use, i will need the informations below.

1) Name:
2) Address:
3) Tel:
4) Age:
5) Sex:
6) Occupation Status:
7) Valid Gov't issured ID.

Waiting for your reply soon.

Yours Faithfully,
Mrs. Ichrak Mahmoud Saffaf

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