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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: "Mr.Samuel Jones" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2021 07:36:35 +0200
Subject: Investment Opportunities.

Dear Sir,

I am Mr. Samuel Jones, Financial Manager of Qatar Securities Co. We are global wealth Financial Advisors based in the Qatar.

Our work is to provide Financial Support/Loan to various reliable/distress firm around the world, If you have viable projects or possible investment opportunities, oil trade, import or export, contracts, real estate projects existing business that requires financial support on any level, said assets / funds could be transitioned into an Investment Fund/Loan in excess amounts from US$5M to US$ 1 Billion under your sole management and operations for an agreed term.

We also pay 1% Commission to Brokers.

Should you have further interest in our business collaboration options and to see our full procedures, please send us your official interest asap via the email address listed below.
Our Funding Procedure shall be forwarded to you upon the receipt of your response.

Thank you for your time in reading my private email is (

Yours faithfully

Mr.Samuel Jones

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