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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: "Col. Hussein Harmush" <>
Date: Fri, 06 Apr 2018 01:26:33 -0700
Subject: Can You Assist.???

Dear Friend,
My name is Col. Hussein Harmush, An Army officer from Syria but now living=
with the United Nations on asylum in Canberra city of Australia. I got yo=
ur contact from a Syrian - American Army officer who was critically injured=
in the ongoing bloody civil war in Syria but died last week while receivin=
g medical treatment. I want to seek your assistance in the following ways:
(1). To assist me look for a profitable business opportunity in your count=
ry where I can invest to sustain my living until the ongoing civil war and =
political crisis in my country (Syria) is over.
(2). To assist me purchase a living home in your country, I have a sum of =
$5,000,000.00 USD (Five Million United States Dollars Only) with a financia=
l institution in London. Should there be any need for evidence, or a proof =
of my seriousness and genuineness of this business opportunity, I have a Ce=
rtificate of Deposit as a proof of fund for your confirmation.
Please kindly assist me to receive this $5,000,000.00 USD in your personal=
bank account to enable me come over to your country with my family for res=
ettlement and onward investment. I will compensate you greatly for this hel=
p. I am also ready to associate with a local partner in your country provid=
ed your Government will grant me a Residence Permit after the funds hits yo=
ur nominated Bank account. Could you please send me an email response to co=
nfirm receipt of this business proposal. Also kindly promise me that you wi=
ll never betray me and my family after assisting us to claim this fund from=
the Bank in London. Thank you and may Allah bless you!
Thanks and Regards,
Col. Hussein Harmush.
Canberra Australian Capital.

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