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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "is 100% risk free" (almost true for the criminal trying to scam you - arrests of online criminals are rare)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Abdulhamid Saeed" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2021 19:55:56 +0000
My name is Mr. Ahmed Sultan Al-Suwaidi , i'm a banker here in UAE, my proposal is,there was an amount in our bank that they will declared
unserviceable by our board if someone didn't claim it legally and i want to use this opportunity to use this funds to invest in your company and
you will be giving me 5% annually.
I contacted you because i need someone aboard to claim this funds legally and I will provide all the information about the account and even
introduce you to the registered attorney that will handle it for us.
Bear in mind that this transaction is 100% risk free and must be legal, if you're interested, then I will give you the details.
First Gulf Bank - Head Office
United Arab Emirates