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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: "Barrister Hans Erich" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 8 Jun 2019 16:08:21 -0500

Attention Sir

My name is Barrister Hans Erich and a private consultant here in the City of London but originally from Syria Damascus, Thank you so much for your immediate response it¡¯s my honor to inform you that I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the a business partner to Mrs Rashia Amira, from Syria a Business merchandise and also a formal politician in Syria, but she¡¯s right now on her sick bed suffering from cancer of throat,

She want you as a foreign business partner to stand and File for claim to receive the funds and invest the funds in a very good lucrative business in your country, presently deposited in bank ($2.7 Million dollars) Two Million Seven Hundred Thousand United State Dollars You should not have anything to worry about in this investment project, as I will do everything legally required to ensure that the project goes smoothly. Why doing this with you as a foreigner is because you know that there is a lot of crisis in Syria she needs to invest out off her country.

It shall pass through all Laws of International Banking and I will obtain relevant document that will assist you for the claims and to facilitate the release of the funds into any bank account of your choice for the further transfer, this is my assurance to you.

Having resolved to entrust this transaction into your hands, I want to remind you that, it needs your commitment and diligent follow up. If we work seriously towards this project, the entire transaction will be over within two (2) weeks to be precise.

This project is highly capital intensive and I decided to choose you because am sure you can handle this investment project business, this is why am very confident with you.

I need your total devotion and trust to see this through. I know we have not met before, but I am very confident that we will be able to establish the necessary trust that we need to execute this project into your country.

Upon receipt of your reply with your information, I will give you more details regarding the next step in this transaction and also note that you will have 25% of the above mentioned at the end of investment funds transfer is done to this project, and the percentage is for your own compensation and while 75% is for investment project business.

I¡¯m very much rest assured that this transaction will be100% successfully as all modalities to actualize this project effectively are in place. Please I would like you to keep this proposal as a top Confidential.

In my next email I will forward you with every necessary information with the contact detail for us to commence for the funds transfer as soon as possible without any delay again

Thanks once again for your response regards to my request, please take note, I would appreciate having your full name and other useful information to enable me to know more about you and make every good introduction with Madam Rasha Amira from Syria Damascus.

Your full names-----------

Nationality -----------


Telephone number---------

Your urgent response will be appreciated

Thank you and God bless you.

Barrister Hans Erich

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