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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: Rima al-Qadiri <>
Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2019 06:47:33 +0100
Subject: Approved to me that you got my mail.

Good Afternoon,
I'm Mrs. Rima al-Qadiri, the out-going Labor and Social Affairs
minister of Syria. I found your country a suitable environment to move
and invest the little fund I have made in my administration, but the
truth is that I cannot do this alone without having a reliable person
to partner with in your country. I will let you have the details if
you indicate your willingness to collaborate with me. Kindly get back
to me on
With kind regards,
Mrs. Rima al-Qadiri.

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