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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "waiting for your urgent response" (scammers rush victims so they don't have time to think properly)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Nasser Jaidah <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2022 06:20:36 +0100
Subject: URGENT INFORMATION
P.O. Box 3212, Doha, Qatar.
My dear Friend,
Greetings from Doha, Qatar, my name is *Mr. Nasser Khalil Al-Jaidah am
the Director of Finance and Accounts department of Qatar Petroleum and
I understand how fund is being moved in and out of our company.
Before I proceed to contacted you, I prayed to Allah to guide and
direct me to an honest and trustworthy Man Or Woman or group of
individual that can assist me in this business deal.
First and foremost, l had to be honest with you because this project
required a whole lot of trust. be rest assured that this transaction
is very transparent and 100% risk free.
As the man in the helm of affairs in the Finance and Account
Department of Qatar petroleum, my duty is to pay Contractors.I have
implicit confidence in Allah, who has guided/directed me to you,trust
in your ability to partner with me, confidentially in this business
deal, for mutual disbursement of this fund and to invest wisely for
profit oriented venture when the fund is transferred to you. Having
said the above, my dear friend, I will not hesitate in telling you
more details and the source of the fund.
Actually, this US$50 Million was acquired from an over invoiced
contracts that was executed by foreign contractors here in my company,
Qatar Petroleum, and the Contracts has been perfectly executed and the
original contractors, and their contract sums fully paid, and the over
invoiced still in the vault of Qatar Petroleum, I need your assistance
to move this over invoiced fund into any of your account, as I am
going to present you as a contractor that has not been paid of this
over invoiced sum.
To achieve this, we will first register your name/company as Category
'A' Contractor with the Qatar Petroleum and use the registration
certificate to procure all the necessary contract documents (Contract
Award and Completion Certificates) which shall be submitted to my
office for approval and payment.
We are going to follow all due process to achieve this goal
(Documentations) and you will appreciate it as we progress.
Thereafter the documentations, I will approve and order for immediate
payment and transfer of the fund into your designated bank account
through any of our bank account either here in Qatar or Abroad.
Thus, I will want you to send the following information to me for the
documentation at the Qatar Financial Center.Your company name or the
name you would want to be used as the company that executed the
contract with Qatar petroleum that has not been paid by Qatar
Petroleum. While I wait for your prompt and urgent reply with any of
your ID. I will register your name or company name as a contractor
with the Qatar Petroleum to secure every contract documents that will
empower you to receive the fund as a contract payment (CONTRACTOR)
I have a powerful Attorney here that will handle the
documentations.Meanwhile, I have decided to remit the funds with the
idea that we can have a deal/agreement and I am going to do this
My conditions are:
1. The sum of US$50 Million will be transfer to your Account.
2. This deal must be kept secret forever and all correspondence will
be strictly by email for security purposes.
3. There should be no third part in this Deal.
4. Our deal/share shall be 60% for you, 30% for me while 10% shall be
set aside for Repayment of any expenses incurred during the process.
I will forward copies of my international passport, upon the receipt
of your response.
Waiting for your urgent response to my email address:
Mr. Nasser Khalil Al-Jaidah
Finance and Account Director