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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: "Suvo Sarkar" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2017 08:48:22 -0800
Subject: Hello Dear,

Hello Dear,

I had written an earlier mail to you without response. In my first mail. i mentioned to you about a late client of mine who died in Earthquake disaster in Java, Indonesia that killed over 5,000 people. in the May 27th 2006. I have recontacted you again due to your surname similarity with my late client to present you as his next of kin and the right beneficiary to his funds valued ($30,000,000.00 US) million dollars as it is my responsibility as his attorney to retrieve all his assets since he did not mention any Next of Kin/ Heir when the account was opened, and he was not married and no children.

Last week my Bank Management requested that my client should give instructions on what to do about his funds, if to renew the contract. I know this will happen and that is why I have been looking for a means to handle the situation, because if my Bank Directors happens to know that my client is dead and do not have any Heir, they will take the funds for their personal use, so I don't want such to happen.That was why when I saw your last name I was happy and I am now seeking your co-operation to present you as Next of Kin/ Heir to the account, since you have the same last name with him and my bank head quarters will release the account to you.

There is no risk involved; the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. It is better that we claim the money, than allowing the Bank Directors to take it,

NOTE; if you are interested to further this offer then I will like you to give me your following information's for more details;

1. Sex
2, Country
3, your Age
4. your full name and address
5. your office and home telephone numbers 6. your occupations and position

I wait your immediate response

Best Regards
Suvo Sarkar.
Chief Executive Officer Islamic Bank Emirate NBD Dubai

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