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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: Mr Ala'a Eraiqat <>
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2019 17:48:49 +0900
Subject: Business Proposal

My Dear Friend

I am Mr Ala'a Eraiqat from United Arab Emirates the bank manager of Abu
Dhabi commercial bank at my branch ,
Am very glad to meet you here, actually i contacted you for an important
purpose ,

I have a business proposal for you.

Here is my email address :

Write me in my email as it's confidential so we can discuss about the
business in details

I will expect you
Best Regards

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