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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: Aabid Bushra <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 01:18:48 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Thank You Sir,

Thank You Sir,
I had to contact you through the internet though it has been highly abused by scammers. I am sure you might have heard the political problm going on in my contry Libya both on the televsion and internet which have resulted to serious civil war and a lot people have been killed.

My late father was one of the top military officials who refused to surport President Muammar Gaddafi command to kill innocent civilians, because of this he ordered that my father should be assasinated.

When we got the news of my father's death, knowing that the soldiers might come after us, myself, my mother and my two sisters quicky escaped out of Libya to Republic of Benin. Befor this time my father told us that he deposited a safe-box containing $11.5million with a security company in Republic in Benin which was why we decided to come down to Benin. We came with the deposit documents issued to my father from the company.

Now We have decided to come and live in your country for safety reasons because of the problem in our country. we want to also invest the money in your country through your advise and directives. Can you help ? if yes kindly reply for more details.

call us with this phone number (+229)96398687).Reply Confidentcial Email ;
Have a nice day.

Yours humbly,
Aabid Bushra

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