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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: Automatic Email Selection Programs =?utf-8?Q?AESP=C2=BAs?= <>
Reply-To: Automatic Email Selection Programs =?utf-8?Q?AESP=C2=BAs?= <>
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2018 21:46:54 +0800 (HKT)
Subject: First and last notification Did you send anybody from Bahrain to
represent you?

Dear beneficiary,please we need your urgent response regarding the email that is being sent to you.Do you know Mr Mohammed Ebrahim, from Bahrain ?He came to our office being 14th November but was ask to come back Monday being 19th November,he said that he is your next of kin and that you are in a sick bed .He brought his account information in order for us to make transfer to his account,he said he is willing to pay all the charge for fund in order for us to process the transaction immediately but we ask him to come on wednesday morning.Please are you aware of Mr Mohammed Ebrahim for the transaction?Am now the new Agent to AUTOMATIC EMAIL SELECTION PROGRAMME because the former agent has been writing you but no responses from you.Am writing you from my private email and below is My Contact email ,We need your urgent response.

Thanks wait for your urgent response

Mrs tracey lucas
Regional Representative
Contact email:

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