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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.Abdulhafid M.Zlitni.J" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 4 May 2012 18:33:54 -0700
Subject: Greetings From Dr.Abdulhafid Zlitn In Libya

From:Dr.Abdulhafid M.Zlitni.J,
Central Bank of
Libya Building
Al Jalaa Street
P.O. Box 1103
RE:TRANSFER OF (THIRTY MILLION,US DOLLARS WITH 75KILO GOLD DUST) I am the Finance Minister/Governor of Central Bank of Libya.there was a great late industrialist,who has an account with my Bank here in libya.
This account was opened in 2005 and has not been operated (remained inactive) since 2009.Realiable sources revealed that the oil merchant died in one of the terrorist attacks in his Sirte residence.Until his death there was no written or oral will.His name is George B. Eastwood,and the current balance is (USD30million.)The account has no other beneficiary and until George B. Eastwood's death, he was the manager of  National Oil Corp (NOC)in Libya.My investigation through the Immigration Department proved to me as well that George B.Eastwood was single and he had no beneficiaries or next of kin,before or after his entry into the Arab Republic of Libya .This account in question has been floating (dormant)since 2009 and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be forfeited for nothing since my bank has been sold to another Bank in Kuwait .this is top secret and the management of the bank is ready to release the Fund to any foreigner who has the correct information! ! ! of the account before fully ha
I am writing you now because a successful takeover bid was launched last May by a Kuwaiti Bank, and by next month,2012,the 2 Banks will merg!With your help,I can transfer this money LEGALLY to your nominated Bank Account anywhere in the world.We will start with (USD15million) at first, and if there is no disappointment or betrayal on your part, I will transfer out the remaining (USD15million.) I am revealing this to you with faith In Allah,that you will never let me down in this business, You are the first and only Person that I am contacting for this business, So please reply urgently so that I will start.
inform you about the next step to take. With my influence and power in the Bank, all will be safely handled and legally done; THERE WILL BE ABSOLUTELY NO RISKS!
At the conclusion of the transfer, you will give me 60% of the money and keep 40% for your self.This is a deal if you cannot handle it.please do not reply.
Awaiting your prompt and positive response.
Yours Truly,
Dr.Abdulhafid M.Zlitni.J

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