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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: "Clifford Abrahams" <>
Reply-To: "Clifford Abrahams" <>
Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2018 14:35:04 -0700
Subject: Positive Response.


Hope this mail gets to you, My name is Clifford Abrahams the Vice-chairman and Chief Financial Officer at ABN AMRO Bank N.V Netherlands. I have on my info desk details of funds amounting to the sum of $10,500,000.00 and is approved for transfer but yet unclaimed for over 5years.

According to details, the funds originated from a contract awarded payment from (IMF) International Monetary Fund, which has been unattended to, hence this mail.

Kindly reconfirm if you are ready to partner with me, by indicating interest and attach a copy of your identity to reassure me that you are serious without any fear of betrayal from your part. We will discuss your share of the fund if i get a positive response from you.

If interested i will furnish you with necesary documents that will guide you on how to contact the bank's headoffice to claim the fund hitch free.

Yours Faithfully,

Clifford Abrahams
Vice-chairman and Chief Financial Officer at ABN AMRO Bank N.V
Address: Kamp 21, 3811 AM Amersfoort, Netherlands

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