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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2017 10:13:01 +0700
Subject: for resettlement and investment

Assalamu-lekum dear friend,
I am also ready to associate with a local partner, provided your Government will give me a Residence Permit..
Please I seek your assistance in the following ways:

1....To assist me purchase a living home,

2......To assist me look for a profitable business in your country (where I can
invest to sustain my living until the political crisis in my country is

I am Mohammed from Syria, presently now with the United Nations
on asylum. I got your contact from a web business directory on

I will compensate you greatly for this help, I have huge sum in
financial security institution .Should there be a need for an evidence, or a
prove of my seriousness and genuineness.

I have a Certificate of Deposit as
a prove of fund.Please assist me to come over to your country for resettlement and

please send me an email on ( ) to enable me know you
have received my email.

MOHAMMED. @ Aleppo Syria.

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