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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: "Barr. Ahmed Mohamed Abullah" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2022 02:33:09 -0800

Dear Client,

On behalf of Abudu Chambers. I am Barr. Ahmed Mohamed Abullah a solicitor at law, personal attorney to late {Mr. Mohammad Yousuf}, who used to work with Shell Oil & Gas Development Company in DUBAI. Hereafter shall be referred to as my client. On the 21st of April 2001, my client, his wife and their only daughter were involved in a ghastly car accident along Abu Dhabi express Road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.

Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy here to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts in my desperate search for urgent assistance, I decided to track his last name over the foreign mission guestbook, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the fund that valued $20,000,000.00 (Twenty Million United State Dollars) left behind by my client before it gets confiscated or declared unserviceable by the (EMIRATE NBD BANK) here in DUBAI, where this huge amount was deposited. Now the Bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have his fund confiscated within a stipulated time.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over years now, I seek the consent to present you as the deceased next of kin since you have the same last name so that the fund can be transferred to you.

I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please forward your details via my email address:( ) such as Full Name, Contact Address, Occupation, Sex, Date Of Birth and Telephone/Fax number respectively.


Barr. Ahmed Mohamed Abullah { Esq }
Chambers Advocates & Legal Consultant.

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