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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.X"<>
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2018 05:46:22 -0700
Subject: Please Respond To Me Back

Dear Respectfully,

My name is Ablah Yusuf,i'm from Syria..I need your assistance to help me and my two daughters relocate out of Syria to your country due to the recent bombing by president Trump and his intentions to bomb more and we have the cash to get us a new living house and a good school for my kids and start up a new life for ourselves please help us..

Yours Sincerely
Ablah Yusuf

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