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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: "Mr. Hesham Al Qassim" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2022 09:05:32 -0500
Subject: URGENT

My name is Hesham Abdulla Qassim, the Vice Chairman and Managing Director
of Emirates NBD Bank P.J.S.C. Here in the U.A.E, I have information to
share with you concerning my late client who died without a NEXT OF KIN.
Send me your private email for me to send you for full details. Or contact
my email * <>*

I await your response
Mr. Hesham Abdulla Qassim,
Vice Chairman and Managing Director,
Emirates NBD Bank P.J.S.C

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