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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: Abu Dhabi Investment Authority <>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 14:32:10 +0100
Subject: Salam Alaikum/ADIA LOAN OFFER

Salam Alaikum,

We are a United Arab Emirates based investment company known as Abu
Dhabi Investment Authority working on expanding its portfolio globally
and financing projects.

I am the personal advisor to Sheikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nehayan.

We would be happy to partner with you if you have any viable project
we can finance by making investment in form of a debt financing.

Contact us today for more information on Email:

Yours truly,
Hamed Mohammad
(Personal Assistant)
Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
211 Corniche, PO Box 3600
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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