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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: "Reem" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 2 May 2017 22:13:49 -0700
Subject: RE: Investment


I apologize for barging on you in this manner. My name is ms. Reem Al-Hashimi, the minister of state, UAE and also the CEO of Dubai EXPO 2020. I got your contact from a certain email database from your country while i was looking for someone to handle a huge financial deal for me in confidence.Can you receive the sum of $47m { Forty seven million dollars} and invest on behalf of my only son. Please reply for more details if you are capable of doing that.

Ms. Reem Al-Hashimy

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