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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: "Al-khabib Group" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Mar 2013 01:26:46 -0800
Subject: Al-khabib World of investment opportunities


We are seeking the attention of project owners and general business
facilitators. Al-khabib is a project development & investment group
based in Saudi Arabia.

Our areas of interest range from Agriculture, Hauling,Real estate,
renewable energy, oil and gas, Infrastructure,Health,Production, Mining,
Education, Hotel Project,Production and other lucrative sectors.

We would be happy to partner with you if you have any Viable project we
can finance by making financial investment in form of a soft loan.

Welcome to Al-khabib World of investment opportunities.

Sincere regards,

Dr. David Nolan
Chief Financial officer
Al-khabib Group

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