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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: "Mr. Yehia Abdelwahab Mohamed" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2018 17:44:11 -0700
Subject: A CRY FROM SYRIA ...... PLEASE HELP !!!


Please is it okay to communicate in English?

My name is Mr. Yehia Abdelwahab Mohamed am a Syrian Widower.
I desire to transfer a contract sum amounting to $37,000,000.00 USD Million
from my country under a very legitimate arrangement.
Due to the prolonged civil unrest/war in Syria, as well as the daily
life-threatening attacks by ISIS terrorist group the economy has remained

I've already lost my family, my Wife and daughter to the cold hands of
death during an attack targeted to end our family. I and my son were not
around during the cross fire. we were at the hospital for checkup when
the attacked our home killing my beloved Wife and my daughter and setting
house ablaze. I am in tears writing you this mail.She (my late
Wife) was a very successful contractor in the oil city of Syria and
was privately dealing on gold dust and bars before his untimely death.
Expectedly,We jointly has some reasonable amount of money, which I
desire to invest in the Real Estate sector, Travel & Tourism, Hotel
Management and other interesting sectors in United Arab Emirate.

As you may or may not know, the sanctions imposed by the United States
and the European Union have made it nearly impossible to successfully
operate any type of investment here in Syria or to even transfer money
from here to other parts of the world. For this reason, I am
contacting you in great confidence with the hope that you could help
me get this money into any of your nominated bank account anywhere in the

Please I would like to know how convenient it might be for you to
assist me in this way. The entire capital at my disposal is $37,000,000.00
USD Million.
I secretly locked up the money in a trunk box anddeposited it with the Red
here in Damascus. My sincere intention in writing you is to plead with you
kindly accept the money box.

This is because we cannot do any bank transfers from here following
the war. These are the major issues of concern to me now. I will give
you 30% of the total money as your benefit for helping me.

I have to take this chance because I have no other alternative but to
trust somebody. I cannot risk my life here to avoid an end to my
family lineage.All I have is my only son. He deserves a decent life since I
want him
to grow up in a peaceful environment.I'm planning of relocating to UAE with
my son and invest the money in accordance with law.

I anticipate your positive response and on receipt of your information
I will provide you with further details.

Please kindly reply me on my personnal email address :

Yours faithfully,

Mr. Yehia Abdelwahab Mohamed

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