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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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Fraud email example:

From: "DR ENDO AKIRA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 15:16:23 -0800
Subject: Reply

From: Dr. Endo Akira

Deputy Diplomatic Commissioner

UNHCR -United Nation


My Dear Friend

I am not using this message to solicit your support for illegal transactions; I am UN Carrier diplomat,Currently the Head of United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees- UNHCR in Tripoli Libya, as am privileged to be in position of confidential information which if agreed both of us for our mutual benefit.

I had in my position secretly, private information of $47,8Million cash , Gold items and other valuable Belongings of IBRAHIM SAID AL-ARAB GADDAFI, the sixth son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who confided in with and handed over this items 48hours before his death by NATO Air strike, this fund was moved some where in Europe someday through UN diplomatic Channel in baggage marked UN. I felt bad for the death of this innocent young man who studied in Germany where I met him 5 years ago, as you can see on this link:

My Dear his father been displaced and family scattered, Libya is longer save for now and nobody to hand over details of this fund deposit in the family as they are on the run. I just want somebody to take over management of this fund under sharing arrangement,

Attached is my Official Letter Head, IDs and the marked Dollars picture and receipt/Certificate of Deposit with Identification Code of the security firm in Malaysia where fund is currently deposited.

Further clarifications in receipt of your response, there is no risk of any kind involved, this is solely a divine private arrangement that needs to be protected because of the nature of my work as carrier diplomats, there is also another $17,8Million in London Bank without next of kin, let me know your readiness.

Thanking you for your maximum corporations.

Yours Faithfully

Dr. Endo Akira
Contact E-mail:
Global Mobile roaming +44 702 403 4836
Deputy Commissioner- UNHCR-United Nation
Switzerland/Libya. LIBYA OPERATION

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