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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: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 1 Nov 2020 08:58:52 -0800
Subject: HELLO.

Dear Friend,
I got your e-mail address contact through your country's Information
Exchange Online while browsing and after that, I  decided to contact
you to ask for your assistance in this urgent matter that requires
trust, confidentiality because you might receive this message in your
Inbox, Junk/Spam folder.
My name is  Mr. Selim Hamza the senior Manager of ING Bank
Turkey,Acibadem Branch of Istanbul Turkey ( IBT) European Banking
Corporation Limited Europe. I am a 55 years old man, married with
three children. I have a very urgent, confidential and profitable
business for both of us Valued at (Twenty Five Million, Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars).
This fund is an excess of what my branch in which I am the senior
manager made as profit last year. I have already submitted an approved
End of the Year 2019 report to our Head Office, and they will never
know of this Excess. I have since
then placed this amount of (Twenty Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars) on a SUSPENSE SECURITY without a beneficiary.
As a Senior Manager of the bank, I cannot be directly connected to
this money thus I am impelled to request for your
assistance to receive this money as the beneficiary of the funds. If
we could do this together, we shall share these funds 50/50 between us
accordingly and this transaction is 100% risk-free, as no-risk
involved during or after this transaction.
All I need from you is to stand as the original depositor of this
fund, also to keep this deal confidential between us. If  you're
interested, kindly write back on  this Email:
for more information, while I shall explain more in detail as soon as I receive a response from you.
Awaiting your response, Thanks for your kind understanding!
Mr.Selim Hamza
The Senior Manager of ING Bank Turkey,
Acibadem Branch of Istanbul Turkey ( IBT)
Bulgurlu Mahallesi Acibadem Caddesi No: 156 34660 skdar / Istanbul

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