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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:

Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2018 20:11:16 -0700
Subject: Good day friend

Hello My Dear Friend...

I sincerely apologize for intruding into your privacy, especially by contacting you through these means for a business proposal of this magnitude. I am Dr Betty Roberts,a medical doctor currently serving on a special peacekeeping Mission in Syria.. I have summed up courage to contact you, i know that this may sound kind of strange to you.

I am seeking for your kind assistance to help me receive The total amount is US$ 2.5 Million dollars in cash. and 500kg of gold, as far as I can be assured that my share will be safe in your care until I complete my service here In the next three months.

The question is can I '' REALLY'' trust IN you? Am really in need of a good partner someone i can trust to actualize this venture. The money is from oil proceeds giving to me by one of the top Syrian government officals here in SYRIA and IT'S legal. But am transferring it via the safe passage way of a diplomatic courier without any risk or any string attached. If you are agreeable contact me with a valid means of identification VIA my email address:( is so that i can have full trust in you that once the funds get to you, you would not do anything funny!!!!

Once you receive this money and gold, please try and keep a very low social profile and take an awesome reward of 40% and custody my share for further evaluation on whether you are good enough in assessment to invest my share when i review your business proposal. Am seek your confidentiality in this business transaction and await your response as i wish to furnish you with more comprehensive details and what is required of you.

Dr Betty Roberts

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