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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:

Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 07:22:52 -0700
Subject: Greetings From Portugal,

Greetings From Portugal,

The internet has been grossly abused by scam artists and miscreants whose
intention is to hurt. As much as one should be careful, at the same time we
should not allow negative to kill the positive potential in realistic
issues, please read my proposal carefully and it is 100% Risk-free.

My name is Mrs.Najah al-attar the Branch manager,Banco Comercial
Portugues,(portugal) married with three children. I am writing this letter
to ask for your support and co-operation to carry out this business
opportunity in my department. After annual audit Last month in my branch I
discover documents of a late client Mr. Andreas Schranner A German business
magnate who made a numbered fixed deposit with this branch valued $12M
(Twelve Million United State Dollars,) and I was lucky to have the scan
documents with me in save position. I discovered from his contract
employers, the Petroleum Corporation that Mr. Andreas Schranner, died in
the plane crash Monday,31 July 2000, (an air France jet liner) with his
entire family and other passengers on board as you can confirm it yourself
via the website below for (BBC NEWS:

According to Portugal banking law after the expiration of 21(twenty one )
years, if nobody apply for the claim it will confiscate as state treasury
if nobody apply for the claim, I am seeking for your support to stand as
next of kin/ beneficiary to claim these funds so that we move it into
useful investments, I am ready to share with you 40% for you and 60% will
be kept for me, You will provide offshore account where the funds will be
transferred to reason while I am contacting you is because I cannot stand
in the forefront to claim the funds alone because I am currently working
with the bank,

I will like you to provide me with the following details if you are

(1) Your Valid Direct Tel/ Mobile/Fax Number.
(2) Your Full Name:
(3) Current Resident Address.
(4) Your Private E-mail Address.
(5) Your Occupation:
(6) Your Age and Sex:
(7) Your Nationality:

Then I shall furnish you with the due process of concluding this
transaction without any delay. Please discard this message if you are not
interested. One Passionate appeal I will make to you is not to discuss this
matter with anybody, if you have any reasons to reject this offer, please
and please destroy this message as any Leakage of this information will be
too bad for me at my work place as the Branch Manager . please contact me
on this email (

Thanks for your kind understanding.

Mrs.Najah al-attar

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