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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: "Adel mustadi" <>
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2018 21:11:44 +0700
Subject: Personal Information


I wrote earlier mail to you. You are receiving this email because your
family name happens to be a beneficiary to my late client. I received
several latter from the bank, where he made a deposit of 7.2 Million Euros
before his death.

The bank asked me to provide his next of kin to any of his relatives to
claim the above stated funds.I need your response, I will explain in details
how you will claim your fund.

Thanks and have a pleasant day.

Best Regards,
Bar.Adel Muhtadi

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