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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: "Abuthnan Obaid N." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2018 15:40:13 -0400
Subject: Yes we can!

Good day,
My name is Abuthnan Obaid N, I worked as manager overseeing the distribution of imported materials to the late Mr. Akihiko Saito, who died during the Iraq crisis and I am writing this  to request your cooperation.
Mr. Akihiko Saito, Japanese, who was a diplomat and a former member of the French Foreign Legion worked for Hart Security Ltd., and an oil contractor with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company  [ADNOC]. He was awarded a contract worth US$100 Million by ADNOC for the supply of oil drilling equipment. He received a mobilization of 84.1 million USD as soon as the contract award was approved, he executed the contract but during the final stages of the contract, he was killed by militants  SEE FILE:
He was subsequently killed on the 9th of May 2005.
Scroll down to see his profile.
I worked for Mr. Akihiko Saito, as a manager overseeing the distribution of imported materials. I am an Saudi citizen. I was very close to Mr. Akihiko, as I assisted him in communication and others during the process of the contract award. I ensured that his balance contract payment $15.9 Million Dollars was secured accordingly and deposited with a private security company in UK. I have the original copies of all the contract documents and I will send them to you for your perusal as soon as you confirm the receipt of this email and agree to partner with me.
As soon as I receive your response, I will send you further details.
Abuthnan Obaid N.

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