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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. Kazim Ali <>
Date: 10 Jul 2022 00:37:15 -0700

Dear friend,

I am Mr.Kazim Ali the Head of Corporate Banking in NOOR bank here in
the U.A.E. I believe it is the wish of God for me to come across you
now. I have been in search of someone with this last name so when I
saw your email online, I was pushed to contact you and see how best we
can assist each other. I am having an important business discussion I
wish to share with you which I believe will interest you, because it
is in connection with your last name and you are going to benefit from

One Late Mr Peter, a citizen of your country, had a fixed deposit with
my bank in 2005 for 108 calendar months, valued at US$30,000,000.00
(Thirty Million United State Dollars) . The due date for this deposit
contract was the 22nd of January 2015. Sadly Peter was among the death
victims in the May 27 2006 Earthquake disaster in Java, Indonesia that
killed over 5,000 people. He was in Indonesia on a business trip and
that was how he met his end. My bank management is yet to know about
his death, I knew about it because he was my friend and I am his
account officer. Peter did not mention any Next of Kin/ Heir when the
account was opened, and he was not married and had no children. Last
week my Bank Management requested that Peter should give instructions
on what to do about his funds, if to renew the contract. I know this
will happen and that is why I have been looking for a means to handle
the situation, because if my Bank Directors happen to know that Peter
is dead and do not have any Heir, they will take the funds for their
personal use, so I don't want such to happen. That was why when I saw
your last name I was happy and I am now seeking your cooperation to
present you as Next of Kin/ Heir to the account, since you have the
same last name as him and my bank headquarters will release the
account to you.

There is no risk involved; the transaction will be executed under a
legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law.
It is better that we claim the money, than allowing the Bank Directors
to take it, they are rich already. I am not a greedy person, so I am
suggesting we share the funds equally, 50/50% to both parties, my
share will assist me to start my own company which has been my dream.
Let me know your mind on this and please do treat this information as
TOP SECRET. We shall go over the details once I receive your urgent
response strictly through my personal Email address:

Have a nice day and God bless. Anticipating your communication. Regards


Mr. Kazim Ali
Head of Corporate Banking,
Noor Bank.

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