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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: "Miss. Zahra Husameddine" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2021 23:06:26 -0400
Subject: Re: Can You Be Trusted??

Dearest One,

I am sorry to contact you through this means,

I am Miss. Zahra Husameddine, a 22 year old girl from war ravaged Syria but presently leaving in Turkey border Refugee camp with my brother Ali who is 18 years old. My father Abdo Husameddine who before his untimely assassination by the government troop was the highest ranking official in Syrian government.

I really want to move out of this refugee camp, and I’m looking for someone who will invest my funds for me and I will compensate the person immensely. My late father willed twenty eight point five million US dollars to me. I have all the legal document to the funds. This funds is in the bank in Europe. I need your response so I can tell you all you need to know about this transaction.

Your response.
Thank Regard.
Miss. Zahra Husameddine

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