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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: Khalida Alfalih <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2011 19:24:13 +0000
Subject: Please contact us for a possible business collaboration.

Dear Sir,

We will like to be a monetary partner in the residential, commercial,
or industrial real estate trading business abroad .Therefore, we are
willing to facilitate and finance any business that is able to
generate 8% once a year, return on investment (ROI).Loan finance and
Joint Venture partnership can also be considered. Please contact us
for a promising business relationship

Please contact us for a possible business collaboration.

Thank you.
Khalid A. Al-Falih
chief executive officer
Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)

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