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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Nasser Khalil Al-Jaidah" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 4 Dec 2019 08:32:38 -0800
Subject: OVER INVOICED FUND!!!
P.O. Box 3212, Doha, Qatar.
My dear Friend,
US$50 Million was acquired from an over invoiced contracts that was executed by foreign contractors here in my company, Qatar Petroleum, and the Contracts has been perfectly executed and the original contractors, and their contract sums fully paid, and the over invoiced still in the vault of Qatar Petroleum, I need your assistance to move this over invoiced fund into any of your account, as I am going to present you as a contractor that has not been paid of this over invoiced sum. Get back to me for more details.
Mr. Nasser Khalil Al-Jaidah
Finance and Account Director.