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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: Finance and Accounting DPT <>
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2016 05:42:20 -0800

P.O. Box 3212, Doha, Qatar

Hello Sir,

I am Mr. Maxwell Donald Manager Finance and Accounting DPT, Qatar
Petroleum.I have $30m for Investment.Contact me if you are interested,
I have all it will take to move the fund to any of your account
designate as a Contract Fund to avoid every query by the authority in
your Country. I sent this message from my private Email, I will give
you more details through my official Email upon the receipt of your
response to prove myself and office.

Finance and Accounting DPT.
Qatar Petroleum.

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