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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Dr. Sheila Kamel Dawood" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2021 13:37:03 +0200
Subject: PLEASE HELP ME
I am Dr. Sheila Kamel Dawood, a medical practitioner from Damascus Syria and also a wife to late Engr. Kamel Dawood. I write to seek for your
assistance to help me and my two young daughters achieve our aim of relocating out of Syria to your country, We are very responsible people
who have the aim to invest in your country as we have the financial strength to do so.
But my major concern is that we do not want be faced with the treatment of being treated as refugees or second class citizens which so many
Syrian business people who traveled out without making right contacts or proper arrangements are faced with Due to this fact, I sincerely seek for
your assistance and partnership as our foreign partner who will direct and manage the affairs of our investments which we will partner with you in
your home country.
We are even ready to part 30% of all the proceeds of investment to you so that you feel comfortable securing our interest. I look forward to hear
from you as I will also need your assistance in helping us purchase a living house and as well get a good school where my children will continue
with their educational career.
Dr. Sheila Kamel Dawood.