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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: "Suhail Mohammad Abdullatif" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2019 10:58:42 +0700
Subject: Letter of Intent,

Letter of Intent,

I am Mr Suhail Mohammad,The public works and housing Minister in Syria.I am emailing you to make a proposal regarding investing in your country.I want to invest outside of Syria because last two months, i was added to Syria sanctions blacklist by the European Union and i have been barred from travelling to Europe and my assets to be frozen.

Other EU sanctions include an embargo on Syria oil,Investment restrictions in Syria and a freeze on Syria Central Bank assets.It was on this note that i urgently seek for your assistance to secure my assets through investment in your country

I am proposing investment on housing,condominium or Real Estate conventions or others as you may advise.This proposal is basically personal and confidential between me and you.If you are keen on the proposal,Kindly get back to me so we can discuss comprehensively.

Suhail Mohammad Abdullatif.

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