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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: "Abdul Musau" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 19:32:30 +0100
Subject: Ref: Compliments

Dear Sir,
I have the mandate of THE MINISTRY OF ENDOWMENT AND ISLAMIC AFFAIRS QATAR to write and inquire about your Products for a possible government procurement contract. I'm a registered agent of the Ministry and operates as contract negotiator and facilitator.
My commission in every successful contract awarded through my recommendation is 5% of the total invoice value. My commission is payable after the contract has been consummated and the seller receives due amount in his /her account.
Your products is of interest to the ministry and would like to know if you will be interested to participate in the tender. A comprehensive details on the procedures will be provided on hearing from you.
Looking forward to working with you. Email;
Best regards,
Abdul Musau

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