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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: Conel Abdul Saleh <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 09:14:13 +0000
Subject: Greetings to you Dear,

Greetings to you Dear,
I apologize if the content of this letter are contrary to your moral
ethics but please treat
with absolute secrecy and personal. My name is Conel Abdul Saleh from
Damascus, Syria.I read with interest through your website hence i
contact you, I am 52yrs old serving military soldier here in Damascus,
Syria.In the course of one of our operations i and my late operational
commander recovered the sum of USD75 million suspected to belonging to
Syria Shell Petroleum Development (SSPD).We arranged with our military
contact and moved the funds outside Syria for investment on ranch,
livestock or real estate. The fund is in a vault of a security finance
company in United Kingdom. I need a trusted foreign partner with broad
investment knowledge to receive the fund and help me invest. I do not
operate any foreign bank account outside Syria hence i solicit your
sincere assistance. I will appreciate your idea and investment
knowledge regarding this or any other profitable investment you may
surge. On my next email i will explain to you in full detail about
this investment proposal. You may as well tell me little more about
yourself and investment experience. Feel free to ask any question for
more clarification.

Conel Abdul Saleh

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