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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: H.E Ali Shareef Al Emadi<>
Date: 30 Jul 2019 06:58:00 -0700
Subject: Lets partner together


I am H.E Ali Shareef Al Emadi. Head of Operations at Finance and
Account Department of Qatar Petroleum. I have an Investment
opportunity of $30M already, for Investment in your Company. I
need your assistance and co-operation to move it into your
account as a Contract Payment with the Qatar Petroleum for onward
investment in your country. Let me know if you can handle this,
but if you can't, don't let this be known by any other person.
It’s between you and I and must remain confidential due to my
current position in my country.

Kind regards,
H.E Ali Shareef Al
Emadi Finance and Account Department Qatar Petroleum
Private Email:

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