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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 Shiela Abdulfattah" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2017 07:49:53 +0800

Good day,
My name is Mrs Shiela Abdulfattah, i am writing you from Syria. I choose to contact you when i saw your email from my random search online, this message is directed to you for the purpose of a transaction that is worth US$48m.
Note;that i contacted you as i need a reliable person to trust who can handle my funds for charitable purpose, the huge deposit is in a security bank in Asia and based on my present situation here in Syria, I need you urgently to take possession of everything and complete my charity project before my dying time as i have not much time to live according to doctor's report. Further modalities/directives will be giving to you by my legal attorney. If interested contact my attorney via Email:

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