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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: Abdul fawaz <>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:29:50 -0600

Hello Sir,

I am Mr. Abdul fawaz , A Retired Financial and Accounting Manager in Petroleum company here in Qatar.
I am intending to invest the sum of $30m (Thirty million Dollars) in your country. However , i want to know the legal procedures for a foreign investors in your country. I am intending investment in the agricultural sector Reply back to me if you have considered this necessary, I have all it takes to move the fund to any of your designate bank account as a Contract Fund through the constituted authorities in your Country. I sent this message from my private E-mail, I will give you more details through my official e-mail.
Thanks in anticipations.
Abdul fawaz

Finance and Accounts.
Qatar Petroleum.

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