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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: "From Our Foundation" <>
Date: Sun, 28 May 2017 00:49:21 +0000
Subject: Donation/Aid

Dear Beneficiary,
This is to inform you that you are among the lucky beneficiary selected to =
receive a donation award sum of Eur1,950,000 each as charity donations/aid =
from the Qatar Foundation to promote your business and personal Interest.
For collection of fund, Kindly get back to us for more information. On beha=
lf of the foundation, we say congratulations to you.
Yours Sincerely, =

Eva Svendstad, EU Repsentative
For: Dr. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.
President =

Qatar Foundation.
5825 Al Luqta Street
Education City, Doha, Qatar

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