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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: "Khalid Al Rumaihi" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:39:57 -0700

Greetings from the Gulf Region.


I represent a group of company based in Gulf Region that wish to invest the sum of $355 Million in foreign investment. We are currently
seeking means of expanding and relocating our business interest abroad in the following sectors: oil/Gas, real estate,construction, stock,
mining, transportation, health sector, tobacco,Communication Services,Agriculture or any other viable sector.
If you think you have a solid background and idea of making good profit in any of the mentioned business sectors or any other business
in your country, please write me for possible business co-operation.
More so, we are ready to facilitate and fund any business that is capable of generating 10% annual return on investment (AROI) Joint

Venture partnership and Hard loan funding can also be considered.

We look forward to discuss this opportunity in details with you.

Mr.Khalid Al Rumaihi
P.O.BOX 31770,
Manama, Bahrain

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