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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: "HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:08:43 -0800
Subject: Donation!!!!

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 am also the Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company which investments ranges from luxury hotels, including The Four Seasons Savoy Hotel in London and media, such as News Corp and Time Warner.
I believe strongly in giving while living’ I had one idea that never changed in my mind, you should use your wealth to help people not minding their religion. I decided to donate to you the sum of Three Million Eight Hundred Thousand United Dollars ($3,800.00.00)only. This donation is to build a better world of tolerance, acceptance, equity and opportunity for all and wishes to contribute to the elimination of poverty and famine, support development, health and education in the most deprived communities. The beneficiaries will spend the money on developing communities, providing disaster relief and supporting women and young people in their community. On receipt of this email, you should count yourself as the lucky individual and contact Robert Williams at your earliest convenience to claim your donated funds.
Name: Josh Saad
E:- mail:
Make sure to send him the following information to process and forward the donation to you.
Your Full name______
Your Address_______
Your Country_____
Your Age________
Your Sex_______
Your Phone number__
For further clarification, please visit below link:-
Warmest Regards,
HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal

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