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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: "Mr Robert Ehis" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 15:30:33 +0530 (IST)
Subject: Waiting for you.

Dear Friend,

I saw your profile i decided to review this secret to you, Am Burger
Johansen personal air pilot to the late Muammar Gaddafi of Libya,
Before a revolt pushed him from power in August 2011, He trusted me
and instructed me to purchase ammunition from his Russia business men
with some fund, This fund was deposited in a secret finance house. I
came to London here in preparation of going to Russia suddenly i saw a
breaking news at CNN that he was captured and killed immediately,
right now i am the only one who knows about this fund . I have served
this man for 6 years , I would have been also dead if it was not me
that he sent to go for this mission, sending me out of Libya to go and
purchase ammunition saved my life.

I want to transfer the funds to your country and invest it in any
business can generating annual income. I want you to work with me and
receive the funds your country, I am also very lucky that my dealings
with him is top priority secret because no one know about the funds,
you are the only person am revealing this secret to, so you have to
keep it between me and you.

As a Norwegian i have access to invest this money in my country but
since everybody knows i was the personal Pilot to him, the world my
raise Eye Brow should i single handedly withdraw and invest this whole
money because its too huge for a single individual like me hence my
contacting you.

I will tell you how much is involve as soon as i get your reply , i need
your immediate reply now

Reply to me through email :

Warmest Regards.

Burger Johansen

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