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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: DoN SulemaN <>
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:08:50 -0500


Dear Friend
Greetings, I got your contact from business directory and I decided to
contact you directly. My Name is DON, SulemaN with my son
Hakeem SulemaN.we are originally Libya but based in London, United
Kingdom. i am searching for a reliable and experience business expert
in Asia/Middle East or UAE that can guide me in setting up a lucrative
business investment in UAE or any Gulf Region. I got to understand
that this is the best time to invest in UAE, So am only soliciting for
your assistance and guidance to help me invest in any lucrative

Please if you are willing to assist i and my son please provide mewith
your confidential mobile number so that you can discuss more in
details and please do get back to me.

Reply back to me with my with tnhis Email address:

Thanks with regards
DON, SulemaN

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