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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: " MOHAMMED RIAZ AMIN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 13:52:17 -0700
Subject: Re Dear Friend

Dear Sir/Madam,

Sorry for the disturbance. My name is MOHAMMED RIAZ AMIN CHOWOHURY, originally from Bangladesh and work in Dubai, UAE {United Arab Emirates}. I am working with RBS (Royal Bank Of Scotland) as the auditor in chief of the bank.

After our annual audit, last year December i found out that one of our customers from Syria who lost his life and the whole family last year during their visit to their country in the on going war in Syria, left a lot of money in his Dollars account which amounted at $20m usd. Now, i am contacting because after six months that we found this money in his account no one has come for the claim of the money and according to the laws guiding the financial institutions in UAE, any money found in a dormant account for a seven months period will be confiscated and claim by the bank.

Please can you stand as the beneficiary to funds??. I would do everything to fix your detail as the beneficiary to the funds because i all the details of the fund and the account are with me and no one know about it. I am looking for someone to assist me on this because i can not claim this money because am working with bank and there is no way i will claim the money. However, i have decided to share this fund with on the ratio of 50/50 if you can work with me.

Please if you are willing to do this with me, kindly let me have your full Name, Current Address, ID copy and Phone Number. As soon as i get these information i will give you all the bank detail and how to contact the bank. I will also give you my ID copy when i receive your details.

Thanks & B. Regards,

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