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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Ahmad Moaz Al-Khatib." (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2016 02:49:58 -0700
Subject: URGENT REPY
FROM: MR. SHEIK AHMAD MOAZ AL-KHATIB
AL WALID IBN ABD EL MALEK,
Good tidings I bring to you this ending 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 Ahmad 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 assisting me. My difficulty is, I have huge funds totaling to the tune of US$ 370 Million that I deposited with a reputable and trusted Bank in Europe for investment purposes as I have resolved to use part of the funds in assisting some charity homes and organization.
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 Syria by the Assad led government, the 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 account with bank for longer than agreed as the funds is not in a running account but in a coded account with the Bank.
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.
For more clarity and better understanding, I refer you to this below website for more information.
I await your email response strictly via my personal email address: firstname.lastname@example.org and be free to respond to my email with any question as I will explain well to your good understanding.
Mr.Ahmad Moaz Al-Khatib.