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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: "Sifri C Khaled" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 21:31:03 +0400
Subject: I need your assistance!

Hello My Friend,

I am Sifri C Khaled, Chief Executive Officer, Emirate Investment Bank, U.A.E. I have a business proposal for you, that concerns your last name and I wish to share with you, You will also benefit from it, Please kindly contact me through my private Email Address so that i can write you more details of the Transaction and i know it will interest you,and it is 100% risk free, I await your Email.


I wait to hear from you soon.

Best Regards,
Sifri C Khaled
Emirate Investment Bank.

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