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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: Mon, 20 Dec 2021 11:50:04 -0800

*Dear Friend,*

* I got your e-mail address contact through your country's Information
exchange online while browsing and after that, I decided to contact you to
ask for your assistance in this urgent matter that requires trust,
confidentiality because you might receive this message in your inbox,
Junk/Spam folder.*

* My name is Mr. Selim Hamza the senior Manager of ING Bank Turkey,
Acibadem Branch of Istanbul Turkey (IBT) European Banking Corporation
Limited Europe. I am a 55 years old man, married with three children. I
have a very urgent, confidential, and profitable business for both of us
Valued at (Twenty Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars). This fund is an excess of what my branch in which I am the senior
manager made as profit last year. I have already submitted an approved End
of the Year 2020 report to our Head Office, and they will never know of
this Excess. I have since then placed this amount of (Twenty Five Million,
Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) on a SUSPENSE SECURITY without
a beneficiary. As a Senior Manager of the bank, I cannot be directly
connected to this money thus I am impelled to request your assistance to
receive this money as the beneficiary of the funds.*

* If we could do this together, we shall share these funds 50/50 between
us accordingly and this transaction is 100% risk-free, as no-risk involved
during or after this transaction. All I need from you is to stand as the
original depositor of this fund, also to keep this deal confidential
between us. If you're interested, kindly write back for more information,
while I shall explain more in detail as soon as I receive a response from

*Thanks for your kind understanding! Awaiting your response,*

*Mr.Selim Hamza*

*The Senior Manager of ING Bank Turkey,*

*Acibadem Branch of Istanbul Turkey (IBT)*

*Bulgurlu Mahallesi Acibadem Caddesi No: 156 34660 skdar / Istanbul*

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