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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: ahmed abdulla <>
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 00:59:51 +0400

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are International finance company based in UAE with operations and
proven clientele based across the world.

In summary, we provide niche Cash loan services for individual and
institutional investors and business people across the world. If you
are looking at securing funding for your international trade, project
and infrastructural development, we provide loan to our clients at
international competitive rate and at reasonable time frame (within
10-15 days depending on your country and local bank).

We have successfully financed and fund various projects from
USD/EUR/GBP 10,000,000.00 – 50,000,000,000.00 across Europe, Asia, and
South-America and also in Emerging Markets (India, Pakistan and
Africa). Respond back if you are seeking funding, contact us through
our E-mail address:- (

Kind regards,

Mr Ahmed Abdulla AL-Khalfan, CFA
Processing Officer
Abu Dhabi Investment Council
United Arab Emirates.

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