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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: "Al Ansari" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:24:43 -0700

Greetings to you;
Let me start by introducing myself, I am Al Ansari,  the Branch Manager of National Bank of Abu Dhabi. I write you because of a mutually beneficial business proposition which involves money in my bank.
Twelve Million Dollars (12.M USD) belonging to a customer who is now deceased may be forfeited to the Treasury Account of the government if no one claims it. This is because the original owner of the money did not indicate nor appoint any next of kin at the time the money was deposited into our bank. It is therefore my plan to partner with you in order to stand as the next of kin to Thomas Stone so that the money can be now transferred over to your account, and we will afterwards share the money at the ratio of 60-40.
There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the Legal Attorney of our bank. If you are interested, please kindly reply to this email immediately. Upon receiving your response, I shall provide you with details of the transaction. Also I wish for you to please observe utmost confidentiality over this proposal.
Your earliest response to this email would be greatly appreciated, kindly reply to my private email:
Al Ansari.

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