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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: "Group Head of Personal Banking" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2021 23:03:14 +0800
Subject: Group Head of Personal Banking

I'm Hana Al Rostamani, currently the
Group Head of Personal Banking
(FAB) Bank Dubai. I have spent
almost the last 2 months searching  for someone that i can trust, I was moved to contact you and see how best we can assist each other.One Late Peter? a citizen of your country has a fixed deposit account with my bank since 2005 currently valued at USD $60,000,000,000 (Sixty Million United State Dollars) . The due date of the fixed deposit contract was 22nd of June 2018. But sadly Peter was  in the December 2019 corona virus death victims in China on a business trip and that was how he met his end, At the moment, my bank management are not aware of the death of Mr.Peter which I am the only one who was opportune to know about his death, since I am his account officer and we are very close friends. On his fixed deposit record, Mr. Peter did not mention any next of kin or heir to his account, and unfortunately Late Mr. Peter was not married neither did he
have any child.I am contacting you with the view that you might be trustworthy and
reliable, so that we can position you as the heir to the fixed deposit account.
Because if my bank management happens to know that Mr. Peter is dead, the bank shareholders will convert the
money to their personal gain and nothing will be left for me. I am hopeful we can get into a business deal regarding this opportunity. And
I promise to share the money with you 50/50 if you will just accept for me to present you as the rightful Next-Of-Kin to Late Peter.
There is no risk involved as I am equipped with all relevant document to ensure that this process is achieved and the money transferred to your account in your country in no time. And it will be executed in a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law whatsoever. Please kindly get back to
me, so that I can provide you with more details and possibly proceed with processing your information as the heir to the account.
Kind Regards
Hana Al Rostamani  
Group Head of Personal Banking (FAB)

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