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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:

Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2020 10:38:19 -0400
Subject: Hello dear

I am Deepak Khullar Group Chief Financial Officer Abu Dhabi
Commercial Bank ADCB I have a business proposal worth of
$10,000,000.00 ( Ten Million United State Dollars ) for you

We had a foreign client who is a Crude Oil Dealer, Deposited a
large sum of money with my bank eventually died in an accident
without next of kin, I want to introduce you to my bank as the
next of kin and heir to the wealth inheritance to claim the
funds, If you are interested contact me back for more details
of this transaction.

Best regards
Deepak Khullar
Group Chief Financial Officer,
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank ADCB

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