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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Dr.Faroq Uztaz ." <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2024 21:06:44 +0100
Subject: Request For Foreign Assistance !

From: Dr.Faroq Uztaz .

Tel: 00228 909 6677

Subject: Request For Foreign Assistance !

Assalam Alaikum!

Attn: Dear Friend,

I got your address via the internet. I have a proposal for you this however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour against your wish.

I am Dr.Faroq Uztaz ,a personal lawyer to a foreign client (late Mohamed Mohd Salaheldin)who deposited a huge sum of amount, US$8.5million(Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) with Magnum Trust Security Company Sarl,Lome-Togo.

Unfortunately,this client was among the victims of EGYPTAIR FLIGHT NO.990 that crashed on the 31-10-1999 in U.S.A. However, they were given a ceremonial mass burial near the crash site.Confirmable from the below website:

But, since then they have not had anybody to come for the claims as the next of kin. A situation I have monitored closely with my position as the personal lawyer to the late Mohamed Mohd Salaheldin.

Now, having monitored this deposit and managed it over the years before his death, and hence nobody has showed up as the next of kin for the past years ,I have his deposit file and the documents in my "private vault".

I now solicit for your assistance to present you as the next of kin as every other arrangement has being concluded by me and I am only waiting for a foreigner to enable me move the funds to his account. This does not have any risk attached to it as all the internal documentations would be handled by me and every loop holes sealed off.

I therefore request you to confirm your interest by a return message and I will furnish you with the full details and what to do concerning this deal.

Now my questions are:-

1. Can you handle this project?

2. Can I give you this trust?

3. If you can sponsor this transfer,What will be your % ?

4.Can you keep "secrets" ?

Believing to hear from you soonest.

Kind regards,

Dr.Faroq Uztaz .

Tel:00228 909 6677.

n:b:If interested please send your personal telephone and fax numbers and pls call me on my personal and direct telephone #....00228 909 6677.
Thanks for your future assistance.

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