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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: "Jamal Omar" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2018 01:14:06 -0700
Subject: Syrian crisis, Please I need your help, very urgent

Good afternoon my friend,
I have been following the event of happening out there. I want to thank your country, Germany and some other good European countries that have accepted to help my people of Syrian. My special thanks go to your country for everything they have done to welcome most of my country people as refugee.
My name is Jamal Omar, the only surviving daughter of late Mustafa Omar, my father, mother and siblings died when the Bashar al-Assad Government backed troops invaded our province. Before the death of my father, he was an International businessman, his business activities were conducted in European countries and Asian countries respectively.  Prior to demise of my father in the hands of the monster called Bashar al-Assad Government backed troops that invaded our region, my father told me that he had a business foreign account with one of the leading bank in Europe, where he deposited sum of $3,730,000 for his offshore business transactions.  My father further told me he used my name as the next of kin for his business account which indicate that should anything happen to him I would become the rightful beneficiary of the money as the world International law clearly stated.
Since my father died last year, I have done everything within my reach to communicate with the bank for the releasing of his money to me, but the bank management told me that there was a clause written by father which clearly stated that I must present someone who is above 30 years to act as a guidance, so I need your help, but I cannot get anyone from here due to the ongoing crisis in my country. Presently, I am residing here in Syrian- Turkey which is about 822 kilometres as a refugee.
The bank has given me a clean bill to come forward to claim my late father's fund, along with someone who is above 30 years as indicated in the clause written by late father, but due to my present condition I cannot make this claim  myself, I need  you  to stand on my behalf before the bank. I do not have International passport or Visa to travel to Europe to claim my father's funds.  I do not have experience in international transaction, so there is nothing I can do without your help, I wouldn't have bordered you if I had another alternative but I am helpless without you, and I have no one out of the country as a friend or relation to entrust the funds to.
If you agree to be my guidance in this matter, I am going to release my late Father's online banking internet access so that you can view the availability of the fund. My email address is
Miss Jamal Omar

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