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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: "Ahmad Azzim" <>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:56:22 +0000
Subject: Business

Dear Friend.

I am Mr.Ahmad Azzim. a staff of a reputable Bank here in Malaysia. I humbly request your assistance. There is an overdue unclaimed sum of US$15.6M in my bank, belonging to one of our dead foreign customers. There were no beneficiaries stated concerning these funds. Therefore, your request as a foreigner is necessary to apply for the claim and release
of the fund smoothly into your reliable bank account as the Foreign Business Partner to the deceased. I need your assistance in investing these funds. If you are interested, then reply to this e-mail: for further details. NOTE: If you're not interested in my proposal do not respond to this email.

Mr. Ahmad Azzim

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