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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: Thu, 13 Jan 2022 04:37:08 -0800

Can you assist me in securing USD$41.6 Million Dollars. You will be
rewarded with 35% of the total sum for your partnership.

SOURCE OF FUNDS:This is an abandoned sum and it belongs to our late
Customer, a Libya oil tycoon who died with his family as result of
Bomb explosion in Libya on 31th of December 2010/2011. This fund was
left unclaimed in custody of our Bank as an unclaimed Deposit.

The transaction has to be concluded as soon as I confirm your
readiness to proceed with me, I will provide you with details.please
get back to me

My best regards,
Mr Hassan Rouhani

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