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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: Ahmed Ibrahim <>
Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2020 16:21:01 +0300
Subject: Please Read.

Dear Sir/Madam

I am Ahmed Ibrahim, personal aid to ousted Sudan president Omar AL-Bashir. I have emailed you earlier on without any response from you. I need your urgent co-operation to help claim 15M Euros entrusted in my care. Omar AL-Bashir trusted this very fund to me in a private security Company for an arrangement to import Military weapons from Russia.

I want to present you to the company where the fund is deposited in Turkey as the beneficiary contractor, But the most important thing is trust in this deal, once the funds are secured by you. The reason why I contacted you is that I am tired of staying here and I want to move out of Sudan secretly hence am trying to have you receive the funds on my behalf and thereafter from my share finance my coming to join you in a new identity, then start a new life.

I am looking forward to your kind reply.

Yours Faithfully,
Ahmed Ibrahim

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