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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: Sat, 9 Oct 2021 13:58:03 +0100
Subject: USD$2,000.000 00

Director Email:

Telephone +1 (512) 553-2073

Date: Oct 7, 2021, 11:55 AM

My Name is Wagdy Rezkel Sheikh the Chief Operating Officer of Quata Bank
and I am in need of a reliable foreigner to carry out this important deal .
Every proof and Documentation are with me to proof you right.

Account was opened in our bank by one of my customers in the name of MR.
THOMAS BAHIA a Dutch National from Germany who made a fixed deposit of
USD$2,000.000 00 ( Two Million United States Dollars) and never show up
again it was later discovered that he died with his entire family members
on a plane crash that occurred in Libya on the 12th of May 2010 and below
is a link for your view....

The plane crashed in Libya, killing 92 passengers — most of them are from
Dutch — and 11 crew members, Libyan and Dutch officials. The plane,
Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 from Johannesburg, crashed as it was making
its final approach to land around 6 AM.

If you are interested kindly contact me back to give you more details of
how this fund we be transferred to your account. You are free to notify us
how you want this fund to be transferred to your account. Immediately the
transaction is done to your account. We are going to share the fund myself
50% you 40% While 10% for the expenses. Please keep this absolutely
confidential weather interested or not.

Within 5 working this transaction we be done. What I need is your
cooperation. Contact me back at this email: to
proceed further with your transfer immediately. If it warrant me to send
you the bank ATM card, we're the fund we be transferred to your account I
we do as well. Thanks

Wagdy Rezkel Sheikh

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