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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: Samah Shemmari <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 5 May 2009 13:20:57 +0000
Subject: Mr.Samah Shemmari

I am Mr.Samah Shemmari Branch manager, National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) married with two children. I am writing this letter to ask for your support and co-operation to carry out this business opportunity in my department.

On June 6, 1999, an America Oil consultant/contractor with Petroleum Corporation, Mr.Edmond Greish Magdy, made a numbered time (fixed) deposit for twelve calendar months, in my branch upon maturity.

After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers, the Petroleum Corporation that Mr.Edmond Greish Magdy, died in the
plane crash On October 31, 1999, (an Egyptian Boeing 767 Flight 990) with other
passengers on board as you can confirm it yourself via the website below

I shall furnish you with due process of concluding this transaction without any delay. I will like you to provide me with the following details: (1) Your direct mobile/fax number


Mr.Samah Shemmari

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