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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: "Mr. Jacob Lew" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2022 15:31:50 -0000
Subject: I await your response

am Jacob J. Lew . Former Head of Operations at the Finance and Account Department of Qatar Petroleum. I have an Investment opportunity
of $100,000,000.00 USD, for Investment in your Country. I need your assistance and co-operation to move it into your account as a Contract
Payment with the QP for onward investment in your country. Tell me if you can handle this, if you can't, don't let this be known by any other person. It's between you and me.
Kind regards,
Mr. Jacob J. Lew
Former Finance and Account
Department Qatar Petroleum

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