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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: "Zuhair Moawad" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2020 18:49:44 -0700
Subject: Peace Be Unto You From Zuhair Ibrahim

Hello Sir,
Peace Be Unto You
I feel quite safe dealing with you in this business proposition having gone through your remarkable profile on the internet and as one of the leading profit oriented companies which I intend investing part of my money into any profitable business you will introduce.
Though, this medium (Internet) has been greatly abused, I choose to reach you through it because it still remains the fastest, surest and most secured medium of communication.However,this Correspondence is unofficial and private, and it should be treated as such.
Before I introduce myself, I wish to inform you that this letter is not a hoax or Scam mail and I urge you to treat it with the seriousness it deserves. I also guarantee you that this business is hitch free from all what you may think of.
I am Zuhair Ibrahim Mohamed Moawad the Chief Engineer with Al Shafar General Contracting (ASGC), a Construction Conpany here in Abu Dhabi U.A.E.
Some years back my organization awarded contracts to some foreign firms and this contract was over inflated over a period of years to the tune of eighteen million five hundred thousand America dollars in order for me to benefit from this contract.
However the original contractors have been paid their contract sum and the accrued balance which is US$18.5m have been lying in a suspense account in one of the Bank here in awaiting remittance.
I have before me list of payment files, which have been identified either as an over-invoiced sum or ghost file. On this note, I wish to have a deal with you as regards to this unpaid funds as I have the file before me and all datas are correct and it is my duty to recommend the transfer of these surplus funds to the company"s Treasury and Reserve Accounts as unclaimed entitlements, I have the opportunity to write you based on the instructions received three days ago from the to submit the list of payment reports/expenditures and audited reports of revenues before the end of next week.
My Conditions:
1) After the processing of all relevant legal documents with your name as the bonfide beneficiary, I will personally endorse your file here in my desk and the sum of eighteen million five hundred thousand America dollars will be insured and deposited with a bank who will then contact you and forward to you an online account details created in your favor and once you receive the online account details from the bank, you will immediately log-in into the online account with the details forwarded to you and personally make a direct transfer from the account to any account there in your country and once you confirm the transfer, I will then fly down to your country for my share and your advise on how I can invest into your line of business.
2) This business must be kept secret forever, and all correspondence will be strictly by email and telephone for security purposes no fax messaging please.
3) There should be no third parties as most problem associated with foreign fund release are caused by agents or representatives.
If you AGREE with my conditions, I want you to send to me now your
where I can call you and discuss in details and the business will commence without delay as I will proceed to fix your name on the Payment list instantly before the end of next week.
I hope you do not reject this offer as I await your reply soon.
Zuhair Ibrahim Mohamed Moawa

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