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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: Prince Alwaleed bin Talal <"princefoundation.">
Reply-To: Prince Alwaleed bin Talal <>
Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:59:06 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Donation from Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Foundation.


My name is Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, A philanthropist, CEO and Chairman of Alwaleed Charitable Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the world. I strongly believe in making this world a better place, so I decided to donate the sum of US$3,800.00.00 only to you, ensuring poverty elimination and development support. Feel free to contact Mr. Robert Williams via his E-mail:, and provide him with following information for the release of above sum to you.

Your Full name______
Your Address_______
Your Phone number__

For further clarification, please visit below link:-

Warmest Regards,
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal

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