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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2019 00:35:24 -1200
Subject: Product Inquiry From Qatar.

Dear Sir/Madam

I wish to inform your esteem company about a tender supply with Project Procurement Division Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs here in Qatar for the supply of various items.

My company is registered by the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs as their consultant sourcing agent, we only receive 2% commission from the supply value of the suppliers offer/quotation and this amount is paid to us when the supplier/contractor has receives full payment in their Company Bank account from the Ministry.

You will be required to register your company with the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs as their legal and non residential supplier/contractor in accordance with the provisions of the procurement Act 2015. A comprehensive details on the procedure will be provided to you upon hearing from you.

If your company is interested kindly get back to me for more details about the tender supply project and how to proceed.

I look forward to your urgent response.

Qadir Haddad.
249, Al Moujtabah Bldg, Al Hilal, C Ring Rd

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