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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:
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Hamad Al-Mohannadi" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 08 Oct 2019 18:39:03 +0400
Subject: QATAR PETROLEUM
I am Mr. Hamad Al-Mohannadi. Head of Operations at Finance and Account
Department of Qatar Petroleum.
I have been praying to Allah on this matter for a while, and I was told
by an Imam that you are the gentleman with integrity am looking for. You
may not believe in spiritual life, but I so much believe it.
I have 100Million USD legal fund of mine in a Bank in Dubai. I will give
you the certificate of deposit and prove of fund when you respond to my
I want you to invest this fund in any lucrative business that can be
yielding 10% return on investment yearly, excluding the first year the
fund was invested. I will be resigning in a month time, and I need to
secure my family feature as fast as possible.
The brokerage company who was doing bond/stock trade on the fund before
stock went down all over the world, will transfer all right to you by my
authorization letter. If you assure me that you can handle the
My Investment attorney will have to draft a memorandum of Understanding
which we will read agree and sign before proceeding with the joint
venture investment proposal.
I await your swift response