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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: Ahmed Abar <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2022 16:58:24 +0800
Subject: reply

Dear Sir
My name is Barrister.Ahmed Abbas, I am a financial consultant and

Legal Practitioner in London (UK) , My client Mr Andrew Yakubu, a

former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum

He is having problem with Nigeria government for looting of fund while

in office but he managed to keep some in a Security Company in Accra Ghana.
He advice ,i look for a capability band to manage and invest these

funds without mentioning his name in the investment ,The Amount Eighteen
million dollars only
$18 million American Dollar if your are interested Your full name
For you to assist for the investment ten % of the total sum will be given
to you before we invest
the remaining amount.
Read more at:
Reply back for more details
Yours truly

Barrister Ahmed Abbas

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