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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: Sat, 27 Feb 2021 14:30:04 +0100
Subject: Mrs Rosmah Al Rustamani Dame


I am Mrs. Rosmah Al Rustamani Dame from United Arab Emirate married to Mr. Alarcon Micheal Dame I am the manager foreign remittance department Of a Bank Here in United Arab Emirate.

I have a business proposal which I believe that will be a very Good opportunity for both of us so I decided to contact you on this business opportunity in our bank, the business is this we discovered an Abandoned sum of Money in our safety deposit vault that belongs to The Former Iraqi President Mr. Saddam Hussein

It is therefore upon this discovery Of The Fund that we decided to make this business proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin to the deceased.

Do Get Back to me for more Details on the Claims through the private email below

Reply to Email :

Best regards,

Mrs Rosmah Al Rustamani Dame

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