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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. MGB"<>
Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2019 01:25:19 +0200

Dear Sir,

I, Mr. Mohamed Ghazi Balfaqih, Senior Project Manager at ADNOC Onshore, Abu Dhabi I am pleased to introduce to you with a business opportunity that will extend my partnership with you and believe my proposal provide the most comprehensive approach if given a chance it deserve.

I have a transaction with high amount of value which I would like to propose to you for our mutual benefit, if you would be interested in working with me in utmost confidence.

For Security Reasons, please contact me via email only.

Best regards,

Mohamed Ghazi Balfaqih

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