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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: "Mr. H.E Ali Shareef Emadi" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2017 01:13:07 +0300
Subject: Business inquiry

Dear Sir/Madam

I am looking for someone who is reliable and trustworthy that will be my business partner. I appreciate if you could share your relevant expertise and notable references.

Contact me on private e-mail address for easier communcation:

I look forward to your response and hope that we can do business together.

Best Regards

Mr. H.E Ali Shareef Emadi

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