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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: Sun, 3 Jul 2022 14:54:39 -0700
Subject: Urgent Reply

Dear Friend,
I know this means of communication may not be morally right to you
as a person but I also have had a great thought about it and I have
come to this conclusion which I am about to share with you.

INTRODUCTION: Am Mr. Mussa Ali, a banker and in one way or the other
was hoping you will cooperate with me as a partner in a project of
transferring an abandoned fund of a late customer of the bank worth of
$18,000,000 (Eighteen Million Dollars US).

This will be disbursed or shared between the both of us in these
percentages, 55% for me and 45% for you. Contact me immediately if
that is alright for you so that we can enter in agreement before we
start processing for the transfer of the funds. If you are satisfied
with this proposal, please provide the below details for the Mutual
Confidentiality Agreement:

1. Full Name and Address
2. Occupation and Country of Origin
3. Telephone Number
4. A scan copy of your identification

I wait for your response so that we can commence on this transaction
as soon as possible.
Mr. Mussa Ali.

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