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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: "SALEEM AHMED" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:08:27 +0800

I will present you to the bank as my client's business associates, Late Paul Louis Halley to enable us claim his deposited fund (USD$27,500,000.00) deposited with a bank here in United Arab Emirate (UAE). This link will explain to you better:
After going through the link if you are interested call me or get back to me for more details to be furnished to you.
Attorney Saleem Ahmed.
Dubai,United Arab Emirates.

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