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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: Sheikh Tahnoon Al Nahyan <>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2022 12:13:56 +0100
Subject: Let's collaborate


My name is Sheikh Tahnoon Al Nahyan from the United Arab Emirates.
Good day,i want us to be in partnership in business deal, there's huge
amount of money in our bank that our board will declare unserviceable
if someone(next of kin) did not claim it legally,so i wish to take
advantage of this opportunity, i will invest the funds in your company
but my question is can you claim these funds legally so that we start
the business?


First Abu Dhabi Bank - Head Office
P.O.Box: 6316
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

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