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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 FAROOQ HASSAN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:24:36 -0400

Dear Friend,

On the 28th of October 2009 a gang of Taliban attacked and bombed Peshawar Pakistan when a car bomb was detonated in a Mina Bazar of that region killing 137 people and injured more than 200 including Engr. Steve a customer with Noor bank of Dubai. Consequently I was assigned by the Management of my bank as his account officer to help locate any of his close family relation to Claim the money he deposited with the bank.

Mr. Steve has in his account with Noor Bank of Dubai before his sudden death the sum of $10.2 million USA dollars. All efforts to locate any of his immediate family proved abortive since he did not reside in Dubai with any of his family being a contractual staff with Emirate National oil company. Having been unsuccessful in locating any of his relatives this past periods mostly as his 4 ( four) years contact is due to expire very soon , I decided to contact you to assist in Repatriating the money and properties left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared Unserviceable by the bank.

I seek your consent and cooperation to present you as the next of kin to the deceased, over the Proceeds of this account valued at ($10.2 million US Dollars) to be paid to you and then you and I can share the money in the ratio of 50% to me and 50% to you.All I need is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and me from any breach of the law. I will appreciate some measure of confidentiality until we finish the transaction, because of my position in the bank Please do reply mail to:


Farooq Hassan.

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