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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: "Abdul Al Fahim" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2021 04:18:49 -0500
Subject: Mutual Benefit

If this message intrude into your privacy or cause you any inconvenience, I sincerely apologize as that's not the intended purpose. I am one of the senior staff of Emirates Development Bank, here in ABU DHABI, UAE. We have an amount of money to the tune of five hundred million United State dollars (US $500,000.000.) only, floating in our Bank that we can re-profile for our mutual benefit, if you agree to cooperate with me. This is just between You and me, and we can split the fund in the ratio of 50/50%, as I do not want to be greedy. You will be the recipient and I will show you how we can execute the transaction successfully. There is no risk involved and it will be a hitch-free transaction. If you want to work with me, kindly indicate your interest to do so and I will give you the details. This is strictly Confidential and must not be disclosed to a third party please. For further correspondence, Kindly and urgently reply to my private Email: My Regards, Abdul Al Fahim

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