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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: Ali Shareef Emadi <>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2023 09:47:11 +0000

Assalamu alaikum.

Dear friend,I wrote to you earlier but you did not respond.I am Engr Ali
Shareef Emadi Finance and Account, Qatar Energy Company. I have $30m for
Investment; Contact me if you are interested; I have all it will take to
move the fund to any of your accounts designated as a contractual Fund to
avoid every query by the authority in your Country.

Upon the receipt of your response to prove myself and office Contact me
immediately for more details:

Engr. Ali Shareef Emadi
Finance and Account
Qatar Energy

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