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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 Abdulhamid M Saeed" <abdulhamidmsaeedfab@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2019 18:21:45 +0000
Subject: Sir, let's discuss business FROM FAB

Good day, My name Abdulhamid Saeed, i'm a banker here in UAE, there was an amount in our bank that they will declared unserviceable
by our board if the rightful owner or someone didn't claim it legally and i want to use this opportunity to use this funds to invest in real estate
business or any profitable business you wish to.

I contacted you because i need someone aboard to claim this funds legally and I will provide all the information about the account and even
introduce you to the registered attorney that will handle it for us.

Bear in mind that this transaction is 100% risk free and must be legal, if you're interested, then I will give you the details.

First Abu-Dhabi Bank - Head Office
P.O.Box: 6316
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
www.fgb.ae

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