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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: "Dr. Endo Akira" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2012 11:16:18 -0700
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 a UN carrier diplomat, Currently Serving as the Head of United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees- (UNHCR) in Tripoli – Libya, Listen I am privileged to be in a position of bearing confidential information which if agreed upon by both of us it will be for our mutual benefit.

I have in my possession secret information of $47,8Millionin cash, Gold items and other valuable Belonging to IBRAHIM SAID AL-ARAB GADDAFI, the sixth son of Libyan leader Mammar Gaddafi, who confided in me with trust and handed over this items 48hours before his death by NATO Air strike, this fund was moved to a Prime Banks some where in Europe and Hong Kong via UN Diplomatic channel, But I am sad because of the sudden death of this innocent young man who studied in Germany where I met him 9 years ago, as you can see on this link:

My Dear his father was killed and family displaced, nobody to hand over details of this fund deposit in the family hence is about to be declared UNCLAIMED by the banks Holden this assets and cash.

Like I sad this is not fraud, but I wish to send to your perusals as attached herein, my UNHCR Official Letter Heading initials, Identity card, International Passport and $100 marked bill & Box contents picture, Safe Keeping receipt/Certificate of Deposit, screen printout, MT760 Tiers Sheet with Identification Code of the Holden Bank which I will direct you, Where fund is currently deposited.

Further clarifications on receipt of your response will be made known, there is no risk of any kind involved, this is solely a divine private arrangement that needs to be protected for nature and humanity against the claims of the holding banks declaring this FUND as UNCLAIMED & WITHOUT beneficiary and my work as carrier diplomats by law won’t allow me lay claim on it, let me know your readiness to act on this privileged information herein released to you as I appeal to keep details secret and confidential because of my position at UNHCR.

Thanking you for your maximum corporations.

Yours Faithfully,

Dr. Endo Akira
Contact e-mail:
Global Mobile roaming +44 702-4034836
Global Mobile roaming +44 702-4012655
Deputy Commissioner-UNHCR-United Nation
Switzerland/Libya. LIBYA OPERATION

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