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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. Abdirizak Mohamed" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 06:08:41 -0800
Subject: Hello



My Name is Mr. Abdirizak Mohamed, I am an Executive Officer with Emirates NBD Bank PJSC. This message might meet you as a surprise, However it is my urgent need for a foreign partner that made me contact you through this means.

An account was opened in my bank by one of my costumer in the name of Mr. Shaw Peter a Dutch National from Germany who was a consultant/contractor with the Federal Ministry of Energy and Industry here in Dubai, UAE made a numbered time fixed Deposit, valued at $11,500,000.00 (Eleven Million, Five hundred Thousand United States Dollars) for twelve (12) calendar months in my Bank branch and since 2006, this account has never be operated.

Upon maturity, we sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally I discovered from his contract employers that Mr. Peter is no longer on earth because he died with his entire family on a plane crash that occurred in Libya on the 12th of May 2010.

The said fund is still in my Bank branch and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. Now the fund is $15,200,000.00 (Fifteen Million Two Hundred Thousand US Dollars) because of the accumulated interest. In accordance with U.A.E Government Law, at the expiration of 10 (Ten) years, the money will be reverted back to the ownership of the Government of UAE if nobody comes forward for the funds and it will be tag unclaimed funds.

Consequently, I want to present you as the next of kin to this late customer; hence you are a foreigner like him and the funds will be transferred to your Bank account and after the successful transfer of the funds, I will come over to your country for the sharing and the money will be shared in the ratio of 45% for me, 45% for you and 10% to cover our expenses after the deal. There is no risk involved, as I will use my position in the Bank to secure approvals and guarantee the successful execution of this transaction within 9-working days.

If this proposal interests you, let me know by sending me an email and I will send to you detailed Information on how this business would be successfully transacted, Be informed that nobody knows about the secret of this fund except me and I know how to carry out the entire transaction.

Please include your private phone numbers for a voice talk and reply me through the email below: (

Looking forward to your urgent reply to enable me give you more details.


Mr. Abdirizak Mohamed.

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