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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: "Abida Latif Ebrahim Galadari."
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:10:36 +0200
Subject: Contact the Bank if Interested

I am Abida Latif Ebrahim Galadari from the United Arab Emirates,
citizen of The United Kingdom and Germany, 83 Years Old Woman and
second Wife of Late Abdul Latif Ebrahim Galadari who died on the 9th
of March 2002 after a brief illness
( After the Death
of my husband I became the Head of his investment and I have decided
to spend the rest of my life in my retirement home before I finally
join him in his resting place. Presently, I have willed out almost all
of our assets to several of our relatives, Charity Homes and to some
of the Less Privilege in different Countries because we (My Late
Husband and I) have no Children of our own to inherit if you may be
wondering Why the Generosity? It is because I have no one to inherit
it as my late husband and I had no child due to my barrenness which
was not an issue because we loved each other even until death and he
(My Late Husband) got kids from his other wife.

The sum of Two Million, Eight Hundred and Eighty Thousand United
States Dollars is currently in a Dormant Investment Account with
this money can be yours if you want it to be, there is no hidden
agenda and you absolutely have nothing to worry about. The Investment
Account which the Money is deposited is Currently Dormant and has been
for over 12 years now, which means you will be ask by the Bank to
Activate the Account (which is legal and normal) before they can begin
the Transfer Process of the Money to your own Personal, Business or
Investment Account. The Account Activation Fee should not be more than
Five Hundred and fifty United States Dollars ($550). If you think you
are capable and up to the task of handling the Transfer of the Money
to your Own Personal, Investment or Business Account anywhere in the
World and receive the money in your account after Transfer, then all
you have to do is contact The Bank with this Email: or

When Contacting The Bank, be sure to send them your Personal
Information alongside this Transaction Pin Code (PTV/442/383/484), for
a proper identification, communication and smooth transfer. As soon as
they see the Transaction Pin Code, you will be directed to the
appropriate department responsible for the Transfer of the Money to
your own Personal or Business Account anywhere in the World. On the
8th of June 1998 the Investment Account was opened with just Eight
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars, after the death of my Husband
in 2002, the Investment could continue as it should due to the work
load which became too much for one person to handle, The Investment
Account was abandoned in 2003 and it became Dormant in 2004, but the
Investment Interest continues to grow even if Dormant, so far it has
amounted to the Sum of Two Million, Eight Hundred and Eighty Thousand
U.S. Dollar as of the 8th of August 2016.

I hope this finds you in good health and I also Pray this Money brings
you more success and Peace of Mind as this is the only email you will
receive from me, I could not have written all this without the help of
my personal caretaker (Nanny) it is her who assisted in typing this
letter and also sending it to you, it is up to you now.

"If we only help those whom we know personally, what good is our help?"

Yours Sincerely,
Abida Latif Ebrahim Galadari.

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