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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Engineer Fathi Mohamed A. Abbar" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 21:14:34 -0700
Subject: I hope this message meets you in good health
>From Engineer Fathi Mohamed A. Abbar
Secretariat of the People's General
Committee for Finance
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
Firstly, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction and please accept my apology for sending you this sensitive information via mail without meeting you in person, this is due to the urgency and importance of the matter at hand.
my name is Engineer Fathi Mohamed A. Abbar, The Secretary of the People's General Committee for Planning and Finance to Col. Muammar Gaddafi Government, Dear I need your urgent partnership to claim 13 million Euros urgently in Germany, Col. Muammar Gaddafi trusted this very Fund to me in a Financial Firm in Germany for an arrangement to import Military weapons from Russia.
However the uprising is ended, I want to present you in the Financial Firm in Germany where the fund was deposited as the person to pay 8 million Euros after you have succeeded in receiving the first transfer we will put another claim for the balance for us not to lost this fund.
But the most important thing is trust in this ordeal once the funds are secured by you, you shall take 40% out of the funds and keep my own 60%. Your main role in this transaction is to help me claim this fund and also find a safe place where the funds can be sent to and invested accordingly till I join you.
The whole process of concluding this transaction is very simple, if you are interested to assist me, kindly forward the following.
A. Contact Telephone and Fax Number
B. Country of Origin and Address
I wait for your swift respond before any further details.
Engineer Fathi Mohamed A. Abbar