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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: =?UTF-8?Q?Dr=2E_Frau_Burcu_Ha=C5=9Fim?= <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 13:59:59 +0200

Guten Tag,

Ich bin Dr. Frau Burcu Haşim für die QNB Finansbank Bank. Ich
habe einen Geschäftsvorfall. Kann ich Ihnen vertrauen, dass Sie diese
Summe von $11.500.000,00 USD überweisen. Wenn Sie bereit sind, mir zu
helfen, melden Sie sich bei mir, damit ich Sie weiter darüber
informieren kann, wie wir diese Transaktion am besten perfektionieren
können, damit der Fonds an Sie in Ihrem Land überwiesen wird.
Kontaktieren Sie mich unter: für weitere

Dr. Frau Burcu HaÅŸim

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