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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: "INVESTMENT INFORMATION" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2018 08:20:11 -0700
Subject: Important Information

Attention: The President My name is Mr. Nazih Al-Khalil I represent a high net-worth investor, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal from Saudi Arabia., he is seeking the attention of genuine and reliable persons, companies and governments who are indeed in need of fund as project finance, investment capital or business expansion investments. he want to open negotiations with you towards achieving a relocation of their family investment to your country. Contact me for details. I am waiting. Best Regards. Mr. Nazih Al-Khalil warning This message is intended only for the use of the individual or entity to which it is directed and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender immediately by reply e-mail and delete the message and any attachments.

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