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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: Abdullah<>
Date: 12 Apr 2023 20:43:16 +0200
Subject: How are you doing and your family?

Dear, fhollis

Hello good friend,
How are you doing and your family?
I am Mr.Abdullah Mohammed, I am the managing director head of
Emirates Investment Bank here in the U.A.E I have a business
proposal for you. It's a matter of your last name and I'd like to
share it with you and its benefits, kindly contact me via my
personal email, so I can write more
details about the transaction, Kindly take note this is 100% risk
free and legal.
Am looking forward to hearing from you soon

Best regards,
Abdullah Mohammed.

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