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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:

From: "Mrs Capirah Usman" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2019 04:01:01 +0100
Subject: RE: I am contacting you for an urgent Assistance To Relocate To Your Country With My Two Daughters

My Dear
I am contacting you for an urgent assistance to relocate  to your country with my two daughters  and further to have explicit investment information about your country from you.
I am Mrs Capirah Usman. the wife of late Usman, an Industrialist, who was killed while covering clashes between regime forces and rebels in the southern Syrian province of Daraa, After the death of my husband, my family is under threat by the Syria President for resolute support for a true Democratic Government in Syria that is why they killed my husband.
Due to the current disturbances in the Syria many families are running for dear lives as soldiers are killing civilians, women and children and you can have a look at
I want to bring to your notice that I have in my possession the sum of (USD$11.4 Million) This is the money me and my husband have saved for our entire life as an Industrialist.
I secretly locked up the money in trunk box and deposited it with the courier service here in Damascus, informed them that i am making contact for the real owner of the box abroad and whosoever that appointed to the security company by me will be the beneficiary of the cash box to certain the claim, and My sincere intention in writing you is to plead with you to kindly assist me ascertain the claim and to move the money out of Syria to your country, this is simply because we cannot do any bank wire transfers here, neither to make any kind of international call here, following the war..
these are the major issues of concern to me now, I have to take this chance because I have no other alternative but to trust somebody abroad , I am an orphan with no brother or sister so I can not risk my life here to avoid an end to my family lineage since my husband is dead. I have is my two kids and They deserve a decent life as I want them to grow up in a peaceful environment. I will relocate to your country with my two Daughters invest the money in accordance with law, all i want from you is trust and all will be done, and under 5 days the box will be noted in your position  and I will give you 30% of the funds as compensation for your strong co-operation.
I am desperately needs to relocate to your country with my family following the war in syria which is so hot on me and I cannot wait any more , and If possible, may I request you to send me your information such as below,
Your full name,_________________________
your phone number ___________________________
your full address________________________
your age______________________
Mrs Capirah Usman

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