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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: "Ms Nahed Taher" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2019 15:50:58 -0800

Good day

Greetings to you and your family generally and how are you doing? I believe you are doing great. I am Ms.Nahed Taher and I work with the First Gulf Bank, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) Dubai . There is a business opportunity I will like to discuss with you. Kindly write back if you are interested so i can tell you more about it in details as soon as i receive your urgent response.

Looking forward to be hearing from you soon.

Thank you.
Kind regards
Ms Nahed Taher

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