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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: "Reem E. Al-Hashimi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2019 11:24:50 +0200
Subject: Genuine Investment Opportunity


I have a business offer of mutual interest to share with you which will involve transfer of funds to you.

I will need you to stand as the beneficiary of the fund so that the bank will transfer the fund to you.

The processing of the transaction will take up to 10 days for a successful completion of the fund transfer to your bank account. I shall furnish you with more details as soon as you reply.

I will appreciate your urgent response via my email:

Yours Sincerely

Reem E. Al-Hashimi,
Director United Arab Emirates (Dubai) World Expo 2020 Committee

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