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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: "Ms. Reem A.. " <>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2022 20:16:14 +0000
Subject: Investment


My name is Ms. Reem bint Ebrahim Al Hashimy. Cabinet Member and Minister of State for International Cooperation, UAE.
I am also the Director General and board representative on the higher committee of the EXPO 2020/2021 in Dubai.

I would start by tendering my unreserved apologies for barging into your privacy. I have a financial investment proposition
that might interest you. Please reply for more details if you are interested. Reply only to my private

Best Regards,
Ms. Reem Al-Hashimi

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