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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:
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Dr Khaled Ali <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2022 17:37:20 +0100
To whom it may concern,
Following the outbreak and subsequent spread of the coronavirus
pandemic globally, our consortium of NON GOVERNMENTAL
ORGANIZATION(NGO) have come together to assist the poor,
needy, widows, orphans and the downtrodden in your country.
As one of the directors and an Egyptian based in the UK,
I am fronting on behalf of the consortium.
In the light of the above, the sum of US$950,000 has been
approved as donation for procurement of food, drugs,
and other relief materials to assist the affected victims.
Similarly, our Foundation has donated medical supplies, test
kits to the USA, Japan, Italy, Belgium, Spain and 54 Nations in
If you would be very honest to handle this project as my
representative in your country, kindly reply with your Full Name,
Address and Mobile number for further details.
You can read more about me on my profile through the link below
and get back to me if you can handle the Portfolio for further
I await your response
Dr. Khaled Ali.