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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. Tahir Rahim Marazi" <>
Date: Mon, 8 May 2023 06:52:13 -0700
Subject: Greetings Friend, I await your urgent response


Dear Friend

Can I trust you? My name is Mr. Tahir Rahim Marazi, I am Citizen from the
Republic of India, I live in Malaysia, I have a business transaction of $
27.5 Million Dollars in a bank here in Malaysia, the money is belong to one
of our customer Mr. Yong Lee Gupta a company owner in South Korea, he died
in the year 2020 by Covid 19.

Since the death of our customer no one has come or step forward for the
claim of the fund, now the company want to embezzle the fund as unclaimed
fund, please I want you to step forward for the claim of the fund as the
only surviving relative to Mr. Yong Lee Gupta, 50% of the total amount will
be for you why 50% will be for me and I will furnish you with all the
necessary documents, please contact me if you are interested for more
information and I will instruct you how you will contact the company for
the release of the fund to you.

I await your urgent response as soon as possible.


Mr. Tahir R. Marazi

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