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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: "saleh" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 7 May 2022 19:28:36 -0400
Subject: Re: Mail


I apologize for contacting you in this manner but the situation at hand demands your urgent attention and consideration. My name is Saleh Alqahtani, I am the portfolio manager responsible for creating and managing investment allocations under the non-discretionary portfolio managment service for my client a Kremlin critic whom has been living in exiled since 2003 as he was placed on an international arrest warrant by the Putin's led Russian government, hence the reason he has been incommunicado from the public.

He had a cash sum of USD$35million in a vault in the UK that is not traceable to him, hence the reason he mandated me to look for someone to receive the funds as the new beneficiary. He instructed me that the funds should be shared in the ratio; 30% for you as the new beneficiary, 40% for investment and 30% to be donated to Ukrainian victims that suffered from the invasion of Russian forces.

Should you be interested, do provide your name, contact number for us to discuss possible ways of collaborating.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Saleh .

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