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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: Zahir Bashir Abdul <>
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 05:54:41 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Business Proposal (Gaddafi)

Dear Sir/Madam,

I Abdul Zahir Bashir, the managing director of Al Aman Bank, Dat El Imad Complex 9 Tower – Ground Floor, Tripoli, Libya and a financial advisor to Goldman Sachs.
I am contacting you in the hope of reaching a mutual agreement regarding an unknown sum totaling US$44,800,000,00.

The funds belong to the Late Colonel Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi.
He was killed On the 20 October, 2011 by the National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters.
Having failed to relinquish power for a peaceful transition to democracy or surrender to NATO.
The NTC is determined on confiscating all funds traceable to the late ruler.

But the aforementioned sum is 100% safe with the company.
It was secretly deposited and has been moved to another finance company’s security vault.
I have all the legal documents backing up the funds for claim.
One thing is certain, this project is 100% risk free.

All you need do is open communication with the security firm to claim the funds as a representative of Al Aman Bank.
You will be armed with a power of attorney which will be prepared by a renowned attorney and deposed in a competent court of Jurisdiction.

For added security you reach me on ( details for further instruction s modalities for retrieving the funds.
Sincere regards

Abdul Z. Bashir

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