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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: "Sahir Saad" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2019 04:36:30 -0700
Subject: Hello dear,/

Hello dear,
My name is Sahir Saad from Syria, presently with the United Nations refugee camp (Azraq refugee camp) here in Jordan on an asylum. I got your contact from Syrian American who was killed in the war. I want to seek your assistance in the following areas 
1. To assist me look for a profitable business in your country (where I can invest to sustain a living until the political crisis in my country is over).
2. To assist me purchase a living home, I have (US$17,000,000.00) in a financial institution which the information shall be provided to you should there be a need for evidence, or a proof of deposit funds as we move forward in this confidential business. I shall provide information that will prove to you that this is a serious business which will benefit you as well; hence I earnestly solicit for your assistance.Kindly send me an email indicating your willingness to assist me Email me back on:
Best regards,
Sahir Saad.

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