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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: "Dr. Samer Attar" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2018 12:56:17 -0500
Subject: Urgent Urgent !!!

Hello Dear, It is with deep regret if this email would inconvenient you in anyways but I am very worried today, MY name is Dr.Samer Attar American-Syrian Doctor currently working in Syria to save lifes, I am writing you this email because my bank sent me an email that they are having challenges with tax authorities over high tax levy impose on their bank by the tax officials and the bank is unable to pay the tax levy for that reason the bank has been threaten to close down by the tax officials, now they want all their numerous customers to claim their funds from the bank before it is close down and am here in Syria working and I have no means to claim my funds from here.

I have told the bank am in Syria working and I have no access from here and the bank advice me if I have anyone I trust, I can ask the person to contact them for the transfer of the total funds to the person's account and you are the only one I trust that can receive the funds for me, so please I need your help in this case to receive the funds and safe keep in your account until I come over for vacation okay.

I plan to use the funds to invest in health care and build hospital(s) and also to get shelter for those war victims homeless women and children... Please my dear do something urgent and help me.upon your acceptance I would give you more guidelines or directives how to go about the claim. Kindly furnish me with your full names, contact address and phone no.

Thanking you in advance for your kind cooperation.

Dr. Samer Attar.

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