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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: "Mrs. Manal M R Al Maktoum" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 16:33:31 -0700


My beloved in Christ, I’m Mrs. Manal M R Al Maktoum, Am from United Arab Emirate and member of ruling family of Dubai, I have Ten million, four hundred thousand united states dollar, which I inherited from royal family.

I need a very honest and God fearing person use this funds for Charity works, I found your email address from the internet after honest prayers to the LORD to bring me a helper and I decided to contact you if you may be willing and interested to handle these trust funds in good faith before anything happens to me. Please note that I want to donate for humanitarian aid. I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality and trust in this matter to accomplish my heart desire, as I don't want anything that will jeopardize my last wish.

I want you to take 20 percent of the total money for your personal use while 80% of the money will go to charity. Note Any delay in your reply may give me room to look for another good person for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein. I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my ill-health.

If you will be able to use these funds please reply to me with your full details. via my private email address (

Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.

Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Manal M R Al Maktoum

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