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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. X" <>
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 14:49:49 -0700

I know it will be a great surprise reading from me today but consider this=
a divine intervention as Imam explained to my understanding, My name is Pr=
ince Alwaleed bin Talal, A philanthropist, the CEO and Chairman of alwaleed=
philanthropies a Charitable Foundation, one of the largest private foundat=
ions in the world. I am also the Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company which =
investments ranges from luxury hotels, including The Four Seasons Savoy Hot=
el in London, and media, such as News Corp and Time Warner.
I believe strongly in=2018giving while living=2019 I had one idea that nev=
er changed in my mind, that you should use your wealth to help people and y=
our religion should not make you deprive the needies be you Christian or Mu=
slim and i have decided to donate $5Billion Dollars to randomly selected in=
dividuals worldwide each person receiving {$6,800,000.00} Six Million Eight=
Hundred Thousand United Dollars only, I am making this donation in order t=
o build a better world of tolerance, acceptance, equality and opportunity f=
or all and also I wished to contribute to the elimination of poverty and fa=
mine, and to support development, health and education in the most deprived=
communities. The beneficiaries will spend the money on developing communit=
ies, providing disaster relief and supporting women and young people in the=
re community. On receipt of this email, you should count yourself as the lu=
cky individual. Your email address was chosen online while searching at ran=
dom. Kindly Contact my Secretary in London Mrs.Nadia Bakhurji at your earli=
est convenience with the following details so she will know your email addr=
ess is valid.You can Google me visiting my website bellow: https://www.alw=
Your Full name______
Your Address_______
Your Country_____
Your Age________
Your Sex_______
Your Phone number___
Your Valid ID______
Warmest Regards,
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal

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