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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: "Philip Baliguat" <charles01james@hotmail.coml>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2019 00:09:00 -0700

Emirates NBD Bank United Arab Emirates in conjunction with the American Embassy, has come to
agreement to send your funds in consignment worth about $15Million USD
without any further delay and they have did as instructed by the United
Nation, as matter of fact your funds has already arrived in the one of the
airports in your country but the diplomat signaled us that she lost your
contact address as result of security inspection and screening in the

Now, Contact Diplomat Miss. Sarah C. Omar with your full delivery address
and telephone number (917) 979-2286 on this information below so that she can deliver your funds.

Agent Name: Miss. Sarah C. Omar
Email: (

I advice you urgently now to reconfirm the above following information to
her, So that she can deliver your fund as soon as possible.

Best Regards,
Mr. Philip Baliguat

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