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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: "Dr . Ibrahim Hanna" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 26 Dec 2021 23:02:42 +0100

My Good Friend,

HOW ARE YOU? I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Paraguay. Presently. I am in Brazil for an investment project with my own share of the fund. Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that we failed along the line. But still, I will never forget you and your kind gesture for having supported me then to finalize the transaction even though we could not make it.

I left an activated Cashier's check of $4.5 Million Dollars (USD) with my intermediary as a compensation to you and would like you to contact him immediately to enable him to send the Cashier's check to you. Here is his contacts;

EMAIL = < >
PHONE = +1 (517) 618- 0186.

Kindly contact him immediately and ask him to send you the Cashier's check of $4.5 Million Dollars (USD) I kept under his care. I am compensating you for
the past efforts and attempts you made to assist me in this matter.

I sincerely appreciate all your efforts as at that time and asking you to feel free and get in touch with my intermediary MR. ALAN MOHAMMED and inform HIM where to send the Cashier's check to you. For your information, I made an oversight and forgot to leave some money with him to send the Cashier's check to you. Please you will assist him financially to send the Cashier's check to you.

Please, do let me know immediately you receive the Cashier's check so that we can share the joy after all the sufferings we went through at that critical period. At the moment, I am very busy here because of the investment projects I and my new partner are having at hand.

Finally, I have given instruction to my intermediary on your behalf to send the Cashier's check to you as soon as you contact him, so feel free and get in touch with him and assist him financially to pay the delivery fees and send the Cashier's check to you without any delay.

Yours sincerely,

Dr . Ibrahim Hanna

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