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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: "Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal. " <>
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2022 01:33:46 -0700

Kingdom Holding Company (KHC)
Kingdom Tower King Fahed Road
66th Floor Al Olaya District 1.
Saudi Arabia Riyadh 11321.

Dear Friend,

I am Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal from Saudi Arabia. I am giving out Charity Donation funds valued at $2 Million each to 500 people all over the world and to Charity Organizations too. I have chosen and selected you out of my discretion to benefit from these Charity Funds been programmed for donation to 500 people and Charity Organizations too.

But if you are in doubt of my intentions, You can look me up at
this link ....

Kindly get back to me ( for more details.

May God bless you in all your daily endeavors.

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal.

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