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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: "Mr Murat Umit" <>
Date: 30 May 2020 02:04:20 +0800

Hello Dear,

 I decided to contact you for a business proposal that will benefit both of us at the end after coming accross your contact through the web directory . Actually I am here searching for a person of honor I can trust and use for the claims in our Bank where I work and this business proposal is an inheritance claim which I want you to act as the next of kin to our bank late customer Mr Seyyed Mohammad Mirmohammadi an Iranian politician and high-ranking official who served as the Senior Adviser to Iran's supreme leader and a member of Expediency Discernment council who died from corona-virus disease (COVID-19) on 2nd March 2020, at the age of 71years and left a deposit of (15,Million USD) in his account with our bank here in Turkey and since after his death no one has come for the claim of his fund deposited with our bank here in Turkey and which our bank board of directors ordered me as his special account officer who managed his account in this bank, to provide his next of kin for the release of his deposit since he operated a coded account with our bank financial department and has no specific mentioned next of kin in his security file jacket with our bank. So I am contacting you as a deal to help me stand as the next of kin to the late customer and put claim over this inheritance as his far distance relative and provide bank account information where our bank will transfer his deposit once the approval is obtained from our bank, and be rest assured that with my directions and advise in any given steps during this operation, we will surely get the approval from our bank and this inheritance funds released to you as the next of kin without any risk of problems. Be rest assured it is 100% risk free once you follow my directions and advise in any given steps as an in insider in this bank. Kindly reply me at my privet email ( ) For more details am waiting your urgent reply as soon as you read this mail.

Best Regards,
Mr Murat Umit

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