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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: "Shaye Haver" <>
Date: Mon, 02 Sep 2019 02:47:37 -0700
Subject: Attn: Dear Friend Owner Email!!!

Hello Dear,

I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting the funds move and received under the co-operation of my new partner from TURKEY. Presently I have left Syria and met my new partner in TURKEY after sharing the funds, we are right now in London for an investment project with my partner. Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in receiving the funds from the diplomat that failed us some how. But thank God for the new partner from TURKEY that made everything work well, am so happy to meet him, anyway I decided to send some money to you for your kind help which you tried to render to me when i was in Syria, fighting for peace keeping, due to my urgent flight schedule that I had with my husband, I could not send the money direct because I wouldn't want to disobey my husband too, so I now deposited a fund of $3,600,000.00 USD to Mr. Ali Ahmed, which is under the money transfer department of MoneyGram.

Now you will need to contact Mr. Ali Ahmed, in Turkey to start sending you the funds via MoneyGram transfer or other means you want it, so contact him he will help you to know the means of sending your fund, don't forget the amount with them is $3.600.00 USD,(Three Million Six Hundred Thousand Dollars only) they will be sending you $5,000.00 USD every day because Money Gram laws here in Turkey can only transfer a maximum of $5,000.00 USD every day to you

The contact information are as follows:

Name= Mr. Ali Ahmed,
Bank= MoneyGram Transfer Department.
Address= No: 129/1 34394 Esentepe/Istanbul Turkey
TEL= +90553049850
Email Address ( )

Please accept this from the bottom of your heart, I am giving you from my deepest heart also, I want to thank you again for your efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciate your efforts at that time very much. so feel free and get in touched with Mr. Ali Ahmed and instruct him where to send it. Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that I will know and share in our joy and happiness despite the suffering at that time.

At this moment, I am very busy because of the investment projects which I and my husband have at hand. I will stop here for now till I hear your positive reply.

Take care and bye for now.
Yours dearest, Shaye Haver.

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