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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: " MS. MUNA DANDAN" <>
Date: Fri, 3 Sep 2021 11:44:24 -0700


I’m (Ms. Muna Dandan) The General Secretary and Head of Legal Affairs
at the Dubai Financial Service Authority (DFSA). The DFSA is the
independent regulator of Financial and ancillary services conducted in
or from the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), a
purpose-built Financial Free Zone in Dubai.

In addition to regulating financial services, The DFSA is responsible
for supervising and enforcing Anti-Money Laundering (AML),
Counter-Terrorism Financing (CTF) and Sanctions Compliance
Requirements applicable in the DIFC, in cooperation with the UAE
Federal Authorities, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Central Bank of
the United Arab Emirates (CBUAE) and World Bank Organization.

You are been contacted because the (DFSA) Task-force department has
investigated a case against one of the online fraudster activists in
her custody here in Dubai International Financial Center office, and
it has proved that your E-mail address was found in his computer

Therefore, we have immediately enrolled you as one of the
Beneficiaries of the total FUND Recovered from his Foreign account and
the sum of ($8,400.000.00 US Dollars) has been approved to be
disbursed to you ASAP. Please, I want you to contact me for further
verification/confirmation of your email address and personal details
to enable us process a payment file on your behalf and connect you
with our correspondent bank to enhance the fund compensation payment
with immediate effect.

Please, note that this payment is a result of your email address that
was discovered and this fund shall only be released to you by
reconfirmation of your full details, therefore you are requested to
reply this email with your personal information as requested below.
Full Name: ----------
Country: -----
State of Origin: -------
City: ---------
ZIP / Postal Code: -----
Home Address: ------
Occupation: --------
Date of Birth: -----
Gender: -------------
Marital Status: -----
Scanned Copy of any of your National ID: -----
Phone: -----

Please, kindly note that your reply for the claim of your compensation
fund shall not be regarded without the required information to
ascertain and process your payment file which will be prepared and
send to our correspondents bank.

Ms. Muna Dandan
The General Secretary and Head of Legal Affairs,
Dubai Financial Services Authority,(DFSA)
Personal Contact Email:
Official Contact Email:

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