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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: "Qatar Foundation" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 04:15:04 +0530
Subject: Final Selection Notification

Address: Qatar Foundation Building
Al Wajba Area, P.O. Box 50025 Doha,

Qatar Foundation is a government-funded organization, founded in 1995 by decree of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (Emir of Qatar).
Congratulation!!! You were among the Twenty (20) lucky beneficiaries selected to receive the sum of £1,000,000.00GBP (One Million Great British Pounds Sterling) each as charity donations/aid from the Qatar Foundation in collaboration with the European Union (UK) and Asia Union (India) to promote your business, education and personal developments.

For more details on how to receive your Donation prize, Please contact the President of Qatar Foundation with your pin (QF14-016-2971), Full Names, Sex, Date of birth, Occupation, Contact Address, Country, Nationality and Mobile/Phone Number.
Dr Mohammad Asim Juthamah
(President Qatar Foundation)
On behalf of the Foundation, we say congratulations.

Yours Sincerely,
Sheikh. Saad Al Muhannadi.

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