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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: Abbud Al-Khalid Mohammed <>
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2022 01:46:59 +0100
Subject: Attention

P.O. Box 3212, Doha, Qatar


I am Mr Abbud Al-Khalid Mohammed Manager Finance and Account, Qatar Petroleum.

I have one billion dollars for any profitable investment.
We are ready to share the profit generated from this investment 50/50.

I will appreciate if you can respond to this mail positively so that I
will give you more update on this transaction, I have all it will
takes to move the funds to any of your account designate as a Contract
Fund to avoid every query by the authority in your Country. I sent
this message from my private account here and I have all it will takes
to identify myself in this transaction deal.

Awaiting to hear a positive response from you soon.

Abbud Al-Khalid Mohammed

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