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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million us dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "MAJED HUSSAIN" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011 00:58:43 -0800
Subject: INQUIRY/PARTNERSHIP FROM YOUR BROTHER FROM KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN???
Dear Sir, This is highly between me and you and must be kept confidential and strict if you want to work with me to actualise the project without any hitch.
My name is Hussain Al-Sheik from Kingdom of Bahrain and We own a Corporate Company that deals in Crude Oil lifting, Gold and Computers in Libya with Late Mr. Saif which Nato Air Strike Killed Last 2 months Son Of Gaddaffi and Mr. Choo Boon Singaporean Citizen whose Gadaffi Forces has eliminated/killed all his family members since the beginning of the war .
I am into Business relationship with son to Colonel Mummar Gaddafi ,Mr.Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi for lifting of Crude oil and Gold Business and I am looking for an assistance who can be able to help me to invest fund presently in aVault outside Libya We have a deposit of $40Million US Dollars deposited out side the country as I was Instructed and directed by Gaddafi after the sudden death of his son by Nato Air Strike,Mr. Saif-Arab Gaddaffi which he wanted to use it for the purchase of Arms and Ammunition into the country to destroy innocent citizen of great Libya but since I am supporting and backing up the Revolutionary Government, I never disclose to Gaddaffi where the fund was lodged and Gadddafi declared to kill my entire family but failed which prompted me and my family members to relocate from Tripoli to Benghazi where we are currently,so am seeking that company or Individual who can work out things with me for the transfer of the fund into your account for investment !
to enable me find a means to reloc
I am contacting you after viewing your profile as my brother who can keep everything highly to yourself as am confiding in you, here as I want to invest in your company which am seeking for a reliable partner who can manage my company over once the fund is transferred. Myself and my family has been trapped in Benghazi-Libya for the past 5 months and there is no means of moving out of the country for the moment and need your urgent help for the investment and establishment of a company
We are looking for company or individual who are willing, ready and able to participate in the building up of a new company or being into a joint business partnership for me there in your country and this prompted me writing you. The amount in question is huge which originated from the Crude Oil Lifting and Gold Dust supply.
If it interest you, kindly get back to me with information of yourself and company to proceed.
Need your prayer for the safety of my life and my family.
The amount involved is valued $40Million USD and this correct deal that will benefit both of us. and 450Kilogram of Gold Dust
DO NOT REFER THIS MESSAFE AS HOAX, SCAM OR FRAUD which evil people has been sending via internet as am out to prove to you to any reasobale doubt my good intention for us to share this together as am the only one that knows about the source of the fund and why the fund was deposited since the death of Gaddaffi Son.
I want to share this deal with you, this is a very serious offer that must benefit both of us and you have to take utmost time in reading and responding to me if you want to proceed with me over the transfer and we shall discuss about ou benefit.