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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:

Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2020 11:07:47 +0800
Subject: =?utf-8?B?VXJnZW50IFJlcGx5IE5lZWRlZCA=?=

Dear  Sir / Madam

I decided to contact you to seek for your assistance in this urgent matter that requires trust and confidentiality.

My name is Mr. Mohammad Ali Khalaf,a senior Manager of a abu dhabi commercial bank.This is urgent, confidential and profitable business for both of us Valued at Eighteen  Million, Four Hundred Thousand United state Dollars ($18,400,000 USD). This fund is an excess of the branch in which I am the senior manager made as profit last year. I have already submitted an approved End of the Year 2019 report to my Head Office and they will never know of this Excess. I have since then, placed this amount  Eighteen  Million, Four Hundred Thousand United state Dollars ($18,400,000 USD) on a

SUSPENSE SECURITY without a beneficiary.

As a senior Manager of the bank, I can not be directly connected to this money, I am impelled to request for your assistance to receive this money as the beneficiary of the funds. I want your cooperation to work with me in sincerity so that the corresponding bank  where the fund is presently will see you as the beneficiary  because I will connect you with the bank, and they will prepare an ATM  Card and send it to you through  DHL then you can withdraw the fund and put it into your personal account then I will come we share it 50/50 each. I await your response so that we can proceed immediately.

Please kindly contact me on my direct email address for security purpose below is my email address.

Email address: ( )

Best Regards,

Mohammad Ali Khalaf

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