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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: "Alwaleed Philanthropies Organization" <>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 06:28:51 -0300
Subject: Grant

Your Eligibility Status has been confirmed to receive a grant of
USD3,000,000.00 From the Alwaleed Philanthropies Organization. Saudi
tycoon, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal on Wednesday promised his entire USD32
billion (28.8 billion euro) fortune to charitable projects and improving
the standard of living of individuals across the globe. Prince Alwaleed
has supported philanthropy for more than 35 years, with donations thus
far reaching USD3.5bn. For claims and details, please contact Mr. Roy
Henshaw via email on for more information.

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