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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: "Madhu Hakeem." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 18:58:36 +0100
Subject: Good Day,

Good Day,

First let me introduce myself. My name is Madhu Hakeem. I am the attorney for the son of Libyan leader Col Mommar Gaddafi. I am sure you must have heard about the revolution sweeping my country. as you can see on the following links:

This has prompted me to leave the country to another African country which I will disclose to you in due time. Now to the reason of my writing to you. As a trusted aid and personal lawyer to the son of the Libyan leader Col Mommar Gaddafi.

We have secured the total of US$59,000,000(FIFTY NINE MILLION UNITED DOLLARS ONLY) from access crude oil account, this fund was pulled out on the heat of this crises rocking Libya. said fund was deposited with a security company in a location, (not Libya) which I will let you know in due cause.

Now that the regime of Col. Gaddafi has come to an end, I have received instruction from my client Saif Al Islam Gaddafi who is currently on trial in Libya, to look for a partner to secure the money from the Security Company and move the funds abroad. We are ready to let you have 30% of the total sum, while you keep 70% for Saif Al Islam Gaddafi , till his trial is over.

I have all the papers to help us in getting the fund from the security company. Please if you are interested in this transaction, urgently respond so that I can brief you in details. But if you are not interested, please treat the email as it never comes to you.

Note that you are to furnishing me with the requested information's bellow immediately;

(1)Full names.
(2)Contact address.
(3)Telephone and fax numbers.

This is confidential and must not be discussed by the third party or unauthorized person(s) looking forward to hearing from you.


Barr Madhu Hakeem

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