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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: "Abel Sadel" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2022 19:21:34 -0800
Subject: Re: Urgent Message From Abel Sadel...

I am Mr. Abel Sadel, a Private Investment Banker working with Emirates Bank of Dubai, Bank of America, HSBC and other Mainline Global Banks.
Our aims and objectives; As a Powerful Global Breadth of Technical Experience towards financial services is including brokerage, financing solutions, interception of suspicious funds and digital banking platform.
I hereby, bring to your notice that the estimated sum of,  (US$10,000,000) part payment was intercepted by this agency and placed as a bond. In an urgent reaction we discovered that you are the beneficiary of this fund routine from Africa bank, but as result of misappropriate financial regulations we noted via our GBS signal wherefore in accordance to our responsiveness being priority to grant genuine performance and what this department represents. I have decided to contact you for proper verification and also guide you properly and safe channels to remit such huge sums to your bank.
Furthermore, I would like you to reconfirm your designated Bank full details as the case may be..
I have received a mandate via E-Transfer to remit a sum valued to $10M using our Bond Facility to you with immediate effect and I have a copy of a generated message to that effect but will not be able to release it to you till I read from you.
Consider this message very urgent and revert.
Best wishes,
Abel Sadel
Private Investment Banker
C/O US Federal Reserve.

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