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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: Adara Ashraf <>
Date: Sun, 26 Dec 2021 23:52:31 -0800

Dear Friend,,

I am Adara Ashraf.I am from Damascus, Syria.I hope we can get to know
ourselves through this medium and i am sorry to write to you without your
permission. I found you on a public data collection database.I hope you
patiently read my message.

The sad story began when I was diagnosed with Breast cancer in June,2017.On
the 25th of February 2020,I lost my late husband Mr.Azza Ashraf.He died in
a car explosion along with my two daughters near Tishreen Stadium in the
capital, Damascus.Here is the evidence for your consideration.,-An%20explosive%20device

My late husband was a gold dealer and a joint owner of a gold mine company
in Burkina Faso and South Africa. After his death, the sum of Six million
five hundred thousand dollars ($6,500,000.00) was remitted to his offshore
account in Hague business bank NIBC in the Netherlands. The money was from
the sale of his shares, death benefits payment and entitlements by his

I want to donate the money to charity but according to the ‘TERMS and
STATUS' of the account,I cannot donate it directly to any charity
organization without a change of ownership or someone standing as my
executor of the estate. Aware of my health condition,I decided to contact
you to seek your assistance to move the above fund to your country for
charity purposes.

The ongoing war in my country Syria,practically makes it difficult to seek
help within. This observation persuaded me to request for your assistance
to stand as my next of kin or an executor of my estate. The money will be
given out to charity organizations in memory of my late husband and

If you agree to help me move the fund, you will get %40 percent for your
services and %60 percent for charity purposes. I will give you details on
how we will proceed to legally transfer the fund to your account.

I appreciate your quick response.

Thank you,

Adara Ashraf.

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