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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: Ash Mohammed <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2022 17:04:44 +0100
Subject: Respected.

Dear Friend,

Please consider this privileged information, but very confidential.

My name is Mr. Ash Mohammed, a senior manager of a commercial bank here in
the UK. I am contacting you on the occasion of an urgent matter that
requires trust and expediency. It is basically a profitable business valued
at Three Million, Seven Hundred Thousand British Pounds (GBP3, 700,000 £).

This fund is an excess of the branch where I am the senior manager. I have
already submitted an approved End of the Year 2019 to 2021 financial report
to my Head Office. In the banking practice, these funds will not be
captured in any statement of account of the bank. I have since then, placed
this amount of Three Million, Seven Hundred Thousand British Pounds (GBP3,
700,000 £) on SUSPENSE without a beneficiary.

As a Senior Manager of the bank, I cannot claim ownership of these funds.
And it is unethical to link to a family member. Therefore, I am seeking
your assistance to represent the money's beneficiary.

I want your earnest cooperation to work with me. I will formalize the
necessary paperwork to portray you as the beneficiary of the funds at the
correspondent bank, where the funds are presently suspended. I will connect
you with the bank, and they will process the money through the foreign
remittance outlet of the bank, and send it into your nominated personal
account. This process will likely involve online banking. I will meet you
afterward for sharing 50/50 apiece in line with the agreed terms.

Kindly reply if you are interested in working with me

Best Regards,

Ash Mohammed.
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