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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: "Fayad B.S. Bolkiah" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 11:03:30 +0100

Attn Sir/Madam
I got your reliable contact from your country’s Chamber of Commerce Directory in Thailand  and further explicit investment information about
your country. I am Prince Fayad B.S. Bolkiah, the son of Prince Jefri Bolkiah, former Finance Minister of
Brunei , the tiny oil-rich sultanate on the Gulf Island I will save your time by not amplifying my extended royal family history, which has
already been disseminated by the international media during the controversial dispute that erupted
between my Father and his step brother, the sultan of Brunei Sheik Muda Hassanal Bolkiah.
As you may know from the international media, the sultan had accused my father of financial mismanagement and impropriety of  US$14.8 Billion
dollars. This was as a result of the Asian financial crisis that made my father's company Amedeo Development Company and government owned Brunei
Investment Company to be declared bankrupt during his tenure in office.
However my father was kept under house arrest, his bank accounts and private Properties including a crude oil export refinery were later
confiscated by the sultanate.
Furthermore during this unfortunate period, I was advised to evacuate my immediate family outside the sultanate to avoid further prosecution from
the sultan and his security operatives, but before I could do that I was placed under house arrest by the Sultan and have no access to a phone
but I have a Palm hand-held computer from which I am sending you this mail. Some of the guard here are still loyal to me, so they would be my
contact with you if there is any document I need to send to you.
Before my incarceration, I went ahead to moved the sum of Thirty Million United States Dollars (US$30,000,000.00) in cash under special
arrangement into the custody of a private Security and Trustee company in London for safe keeping. Just like an unspecified amount of money
Former President Sadam Husseine took out of Iraq in cash.
You can visit the websites below for a better understanding of the situation.
Hence I seek your good assistance to invest the fund into profitable investment in your country to facilitate future survival for my family
abroad. I have decided to offer 30% of the fund to you as compensation for your strong cooperation while 5% have been mapped out for both local
and international expenses that may be incurred during this transaction while you will keep the balance of the 65% for me and my family till my
lawyer meets with you.
Please I count on your absolute Confidentiality, Transparency and Trust while looking forward to your prompt reply towards a swift
conclusion of this business transaction.
Please for your total admirable acceptance in assisting me, reconfirm as below to enable me commence in your name.
(1) Your full name and official mailing address.....
(2) Your direct telephone and fax number.........
(3) Your residence home address...........
(4) Your company name (if any).........
You may contact the vault  here ( so that they will let you know the next thing to do.
May Allah's blessing remains with you.
I remain yours sincerely.
Prince Fayad.S. Bolkiah.

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