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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: "Miss Sabeen Khalid" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2017 14:11:14 +0700
Subject: Assalamu alaikum; I Am Miss Sabeen Khalid, From Syria


My name is Miss Sabeen Khalid and I am 18 years old girl from Syria. There is serious war crisis here in Syria, and I have lost my parents and my two brothers in war.

I want you to help me and receive ($16.550M) which my late father deposited with my name in a bank in Cambodia, I can not go to Cambodia because of war here. I want to come to your country and start a new life, because am the only survival in my family.

I wait to hear from you, Please do not let me die here, I begging you in the name of Almighty God.

Miss Sabeen Khalid

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