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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: "Mohamad Hassan Azim" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2018 09:27:26 -0400
Subject: Good Day

Good day,

My name is Mohamad Hassan Azim,the only surviving son of late Hassan Abdel Azim, a former opposition leader in Syria.

Please i really need your help and you know that since this is something that concerns money, i can't go about telling everybody about it, i fasted and

prayed for seven days before contacting you for help, which i believe that you will able to handle this my inherited funds of $7.5M (sEVEN MILLION FIVE

HUNDRED uNITED sTATES dOLLARS) and manage it well for investment purposes.

I believe that you are my God sent to deliver me out of this sorrowful situation. These funds are still in my late father's personal account in United Arab

Emirates, but i contacted the bank and informed them of my father's death and had the opportunity to speak with the bank director, and he made me to

understand that since i am in exile presently,i cannot stand to claim the inheritance of my late father. I will be required to present someone to stand on my

behalf and claim my inheritance from their bank,

So the director adviced that i should use the full contact information of who ever i shall nominate to write official letter to their bank for recognition

and confirmation.

In this regard all i'm requesting is;

To be sure that you will not betray me in this transfer, mostly when this money enters to your position and With the assurance given after going through this


kindly send the following information to my private email address:

a) Your Full Names ............
b) Your Home Address...........
c) Your Occupation ............
d) Your Office Address ........
e) Tel Phone Number............
f) Your Age....................
g) Your Home Country ..........
h) Your Resident Country ......

Your swift response will be appreciated in anticipation.

Best Regards,
Mohamad Hassan Azim.

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