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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: "Egyptian Gulf Bank" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 18:18:54 +0400
Subject: Benficiary Payment

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TEL: 002 011 4884 2681




Dear Friend;



This message might meet you in utmost surprise. However, it's just my urgent need for foreign partner that made me to contact you for this transaction. I am a banker by profession and currently holding the post of Senior Manager and Accounting unit of the bank.



I have the opportunity of transferring the left over funds ($24million USD) of one of my client who died along with his entire family on 31 July 2000 in a plane crash. why I have to do this, I don't want the Egyptian government to take over the fund and You can confirm the genuineness of the deceased death by clicking on this web site below



However, I am inviting you for a business deal where this money can be shared between us in the ratio of 60/40%. All I need is for you to set up an online account in your name with Egyptian Gulf bank and I will have the money deposited into this account of yours to enable you complete the transfer online to your designated bank account in your home country; Online banking is the safest way of doing business of such value no matter where you are located. It is as simple as it looks and as soon as the fund is transferred to your account, I will put away all documents to cover any trace of the fund.



I know you will be very much interested, kindly provide me with the details below.



First Name.............






Telephone No........

Occupation ……….

Date of Birth (date/m/yr) ………..

Copy of International Passport Or ID card……….



Further details will be provided when next I hear from you; remember this transaction is risk free as I would never jeopardize my future and that of my family by getting involved into what is illegal.



Have a great day


Yours sincerely,




TEL: 002 011 4884 2681












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