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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: Mr tapsoba Ahmed <>
Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2021 19:41:04 -0500

Dear Friend,

My name is Mr.Tapsoba Ahmed. I have decided to seek a confidential
co-operation with you in the execution of the deal described here-under
for our both mutual benefit and I hope you will keep it a top secret
because of the nature of the transaction, During the course of our bank
year auditing, I discovered an unclaimed/abandoned fund, sum total of
{US$19.3 Million United State Dollars} in the bank account that belongs to
a Saudi Arabia businessman Who unfortunately lost his life and entire
family in a Motor Accident.
I want to present you to the bank as the next of kin to the dead business
man after the money will be sent to you we then share 60percent to me and
40percent to you.
All necessary arrangements to secure the fund have been made by me,upon
consideration of this offer.

send me the below information

-Your Full Name:
-Your Contact Address:
-Your direct Mobile telephone Number:
-Your Date of Birth:
-Your occupation:

I await your swift response and re-assurance.

Best regards,
Mr.Tapsoba Ahmed.

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