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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: Hassan El Zein<>
Date: 13 Oct 2018 03:30:31 +0200
Subject: Turkish Petroleum International Company Ltd (TPIC)...

I am  Hassan El Zein. Head of Operations at Finance and Account
Department of Turkish Petroleum International Company Ltd (TPIC).
I got your Email as am surfing the internet for an investment
partner and thought that you could be helpful.
I have an Investment opportunity of $17M, for foreign investment
purpose. I need your assistance and co-operation to move this
fund into your account as a Contract Payment  with the  Turkish
Petroleum International Company Ltd (TPIC).  for onward
investment in your country. Tell me if you can handle this.
Awaiting to hear from you.

Best regards,

Hassan El Zein,
Finance and Account Department
Turkish Petroleum International Company Ltd (TPIC).

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