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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: "Barrister Ajmalul Hossain" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 08:44:37 +0530
Subject: Hello

Dear Sir/Ma,

My name is Barrister Ajmalul Hossain a British Senior Advocate and a
member of queens council and a personal lawyer to Mr.Abdulhafid Zlitni the former Minister of
Finance and Planning in Libya during the regime of Moammar Gadhafi who's regime has crumbled and he has been killed when rebels took over all the cities in Libya including the Capital
territory which is Tripoli.

All Government and Private offices has been paralyzed and nothing is
moving again in Libya Country just because of the war. Recently, the rebels captured Moammar
Gadhafi and killed him with his (2) son and the rest of his family both his (2) wife's and other children ran to Algeria for an asylum for the safety of there lives.

Now, because of my position as a British Advocate and a personal Lawyer to Mr.Abdulhafid
Zlitni, he deposited a total sum of (US$US16M) Sixteen Million United State Dollars Only with
the help of his close friend who also died in the war and all the formal president of Libya
late Gadhafi's Properties all over the World has been confiscated by the World powers.

I will like to move this Fund to your Country immediately for an investment and fund will be
packaged as a Family Treasure which will be Sealed, Stamped and Registered with your full names
and address as the rightful beneficiary of the Treasure which will not implicate you or myself
as we do this deal, if only you will agree to assist me in receiving the Fund in your Country.

Finally, the sharing ratio will be 50% 50% for both of us okay.

We will discuss more on this subject matter as soon as i hear from you.


Ajmalul Hossain
Direct Tel: +44-871-915-4675
Fax: +44-871-503-2112

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