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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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Fraud email example:

From: "EMEFIELE GODWIN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2019 06:47:16 -0800
Subject: =?UTF-8?B?W1NwYW0tTWFpbF0gQVNBUC4uLi4uLi4uLi4uLi4uLi4uLi4uLi4uLi4uLi4uLi4uLi4uLi4uLi4uLg==?=

I am Mr. Abdul Semie Al-islam 17yrs old,son of Mr Ahi Sitbon Al-islam a citizen of Syria from Allepo. I am a student with former British International School before the war in our country,at the moment we are refugees living in Spain..
I have a profiling amount in an excess of US$33.6Million Dollars deposited by my late father with a security company, which I seek you to accommodate for me. You will be rewarded with 30% of the total sum for your partnership. Can you handle this? Your assistance and support is needed to transfer the The millions of dollars out of the firm to your country or better still keep it with the firm as the new owner, or transfer the cash into your bank account in your Country.
This sum belongs to my late Papa Mr Ahi Sitbon Al-islam ,He made this money while working with President Bashar al-Assad, as an oil tycoon.My father was killed by the rebel forces among my mum and my siblings,I am the only surviving child because i lived in the school hostel and as a result of the war in my country which stated on 15th of March 2011, we lost everything except for This fund that was deposited as family treasures worth USD$33.6 million in the custody of Amicable security and chemical company for safe keeping and without mentioning a beneficiary's name makes it open for anybody to come in as the beneficiary and also impossible to trace and for the fact that the money was deposited out of Syria makes the whole process risk free.
All I need from you is to stand as the beneficiary of the above mentioned sum and I will re-profile the funds with the assistance of the company's officials into your personal data, which will enable the financial firm transfer the right of ownership to you. I have decided to use my own share of the sum to relocate to another continent. The processing of the transaction will take up to 10 days for a successful completion of the right of transfer to you and immediately the right is transferred you can as well maintained the money with them or transfer the fund to your bank account, I will come over to your country for sharing of the sum as agreed.
The transaction has to be concluded soon and as I confirm your readiness to proceed with me, I will provide you with details.
My best regards,
Abdul Semie.

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