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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: "Sahara Petrochems Ltd" <>
Date: 11 Nov 2018 04:06:19 -0800
Subject: Sahara Petrochems Ltd (Investment)


We seek any business that will guaranty a safe and secure return
on investments. Alternative powers, movies, start up companies
etc. We are also looking for commercial building projects,
hotels, casino, strip malls etc.

If you have a project that differs from these and current budget
is over $40M, Write us and Provide Executive Summary and project
(a)100% financing is available.
(b)Possible JV partnerships or 100% loans.
(c)Project must be over $20M total budget.

I look forward to your reply,

H.E. Eng. Abdulaziz Bin Abdullah Al-Zamil
Sahara Petrochems Ltd

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