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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: Mohamed Al-Jleilati<>
Date: 21 May 2021 17:27:32 +0200
Subject: Proposal for partnership

Dear friend
This message might meet you in utmost surprise. However, It's just my urgent need for a foreign partner that made me contact you for this transaction. I assured you of honesty and reliability to champion this business opportunity. I am a banker by profession in Turkey, and currently holding the post of Auditor in Standard Chartered Bank.

I have the opportunity of transferring the leftover funds ($15 Million Dollars) of one of my clients who died along with his entire family in crisis in Myanmar Asia. I am inviting you for a business deal where this money can be shared between us if you agree to my business proposal.

Further details of the transfer will be forwarded to you immediately after I receive your return letter.

Mr Mohamed  Al-Jleilati

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