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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: Mohammed Al Jayyash <>
Date: Thu, 08 Oct 2020 15:20:30 -0700

Hello Dear Friend.

I am a banker in the remittance department of a bank. There's an
sum of USD 9.5 Million which has stayed as an unclaimed bill in our
database and I want you and I to have a deal to claim this fund as we
transfer it into your Bank account. I want your honesty in this as I
offer you 40% as your capital share while 20% will be for the
as no risk is involved. This is a top secret and I want you to treat it
confidentially,Contact me for more details if you are willing here
( for security reasons so that I can furnish you
the necessary requirements.

Best regards
Mohammed Al Jayyash.

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