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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. Mustafa Ali." <>
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2021 13:42:10 +0100
Subject: Greetings Dear Friend.

Hello Friend,

This message might meet you in utmost surprise. However, It's just my
urgent needed 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

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

Best Regards,
Mr. Mustafa Ali.

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