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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: EngrsaleeM MuhammaD <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 11:01:37 +0100

Greeting in the name of ALLAH the most Merciful
My Name is ENG Muhammad from Damascus SYRIA
I am now 64 years Old, and I am now a retired government official. I
was former personal investor & financial consultant advisers to Syrian

I got your Contact through Chambers & Commerce Industry Yellow Page and I
decided to contact you directly to ask you if you know any Lucrative
Business Investment in your Country I can invest my Money since my Country
Syria Security and Economic Independent has lost to the Greatest Lower
level, and our Culture has lost forever including our happiness has been
taken away from us.

Our Country has been on fire for many years now and I will like to
relocate my family out from Syria.

I need a foreign partner to enable me transport my investment capital and
then Relocate with my family, honestly I wish I will discuss more and get

I need a partner because I do not have any bank account outside Syria. Am
interested in buying

Properties houses, Building real estate and some tourist places, my capital
for investment is $25,000,000.00, million

You may as well tell me little more about yourself. Contact me urgently for
your good responds Email address:


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