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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:

Date: Mon, 04 Feb 2019 03:23:07 -0800
Subject: Re;Can You Handle This Project?

Dear Friend,

My name is Paul Logan. I am the account officer to Mr Azizi Rifi, a Syrian Citizen who died along with his wife and son during the ongoing Syrian war, before his demise, he had a fixed deposit of US$8,550,080.00 in my bank here in United State. His son is the only beneficiary of this fund, unfortunately he got killed during the chemical weapon attack in Syria.

In many situation like this after a while, bank directors normally possess this kind of unclaimed fund with dubious banking terms that are unknown to the average man on the street. I, as Mr. Azizi account officer, I am writing to solicit your assistance to present you as the new beneficiary of this fund so payment and transfer of this fund can be made to you.

As an officer of the bank, I cannot be directly connected to this money thus I am compelled to request for your mutual assistance to apply and claim this money into your bank account for further investment in your country. I intend to part 35% of this fund to you while 65% shall be for me. My duty will be to program your details into the bank data system to reflect you as the new beneficiary before you can make contact with my bank.

If you wish to partner with me on this transaction, kindly get back to me at this email ( ) for further details and next procedure. Thank you.

Paul Logan
+1 470 280 9633

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