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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: Long Dimanche <>
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2020 13:12:36 +0100
Subject: Acknowledgement!

Greetings from U.A.E, Dubai

How are you doing today hope I met you in good health?

I am Mr. Long Dimanche Risky Officer of Emirates NBD Dubai. Finally, Our
Bank has ordered the release of ($4.2 Million US Dollars) Four Million Two
Hundred Thousands United State Dollars. To the family of deceased, I want
you to stand as NEXT OF KIN to the funds transfer into your bank account.
The process will be known to you upon your respond to my mail.

Anticipate your prompt response.


Mr. Long Dimanche

Risky Officer of Emirates NBD


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