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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: "Md Douche Yassine" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2018 07:04:47 -0700
Subject: Waiting for your urgent response

Hello Dear

Good day, Please I have an urgent issue I want us to run because I know you are capable and you can be trust, please permit me to introduce myself, Am Eng. Md Douche Yassine sea man operator, am presently in Ireland as our ship is moving towards Turkey sea port to offload items,

I am the Chief operator of this Ship; I really need your assistance to move a briefcase fund in my position right now.

Few days ago, an ugly incident occurred at VVIP section where three people were shot died during they transaction argument, when i run into the occurrence I saw three able died body as they shot each other over millions of USD Currency NOTE so I quickly took the briefcase and hide under sea-part engine till we arrive at good location to dispatch the briefcase.

So as it stands I require your assistance to receive this briefcase on my behalf and wait till I come out from the sea to meet you for the sharing of the money, the amount inside should be more then $9million USD due to fear I was not able to count it well for security reason, but something surprise me when I opened the briefcase to confirm the currency note, the USD note currency were all stain please view attachment to see the USD NOTE. Which we need find solution to remove the stain and start using the fund

Please get back to me to enable us to proceed on this deal, please don’t let me down and I believe you will not betray me once you receive this briefcase fund? And you most keep this confidential for security reason of my Job.

Waiting for your urgent response

Eng. Md Douche Yassine


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