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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: "Ms. Reem Al" <>
Date: Fri, 18 May 2018 04:31:06 +0700
Subject: Re: My Project Need You?


My name is Hon. Ms. Reem Al-Hashimi I am the present Minister of Petroleum in UAE. I write to solicit for your partnership in claiming of $47 Million USD from a Financial Home in Cambodia.

The aforementioned fund $47 Million USD is my share percentage from a Oil companies that I helped financed, influentially but I don't want my government to know about the fund.

Furthermore, as a Minister of Petroleum, I am not allowed to be part of such a deal, because it's against my country professional practice policy. So I am compelled to ask that you stand on my behalf and receive this fund into any account that is solely controlled by you. I will compensate you with 40% of the total amount involved as gratification for being my partner in the transfer. Please reply to my private email: (

Ms. Reem Al-Hashimi

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