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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: <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 03:05:29 -0800
Subject: URGENT

We humbly introduce our organization Alkhair Investment and loans bank with=
its Operational and Administrative Headquarters in Bahrain. AILB is an Org=
anization set up to consolidate the business interest of its constituent me=
mbers by investing and re-investing large funds on very viable projects suc=
h as Golf courses,Resorts,Tourism,hotels Hospitality Concerns and recently =
Renewable Energy projects.However, we could also delve into some other area=
s that is profitable. The AILB has top chiefs in the Kuwaiti Emirate and Oi=
l sheiks within the Gulf and middle east as its Directors. We source for ve=
ry viable projects that needs funding in our areas of interest as listed ab=
ove. We offer between 5.5% and 6 % as interests with a good moratorium poli=
cy. If you are convinced on the viability of your project Please contact us=
for further deliberations.Do have a good day Mr Jamil Akbar Suleiman Opera=
tions Manager(Middle east=20

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