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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: "Ahmed Abdel Fattah" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2013 23:55:17 -0800
Subject: GOOD DAY


I am writing this mail with tears and sorrow to seek for your assistance regards to my situation since the death of my late Father , I know this letter might come to you as a surprise because we have not met each other or see face to face before. My name is Ahmed Abdel Fattah Younes; from Benghazi – Libya, 21 yrs old male, Religion

Muslim. My father of blessed memory by name late General Ahmed abdel younes who was shot death by Islamist-linked militia within the anti-Gaddafi forces on 28th July, by the

rebels as result of civil war that going on in my country Libya. I am now writing to seek for your assistance from LONDON, UK where I managed to escaped

nearby country through the help of United Nation after the death of my parents, and now seeking asylum in Refugee Camp here in LONDON, you can find

more of my story through the BBC/ Meanwhile, the main reason why I am seeking for your assistance is because of some

money my late father was deposited in one of the banks here in LONDON ,UK in my name as his next of kin which amount is (Five Million Six Hundred Thousand Dollars

($5.6M USD).However, I have being advised by the bank manager to look for a foreign partner who will stand as my trustee to claim the fund due to my refugee status. It

is my intention to compensate you with 30% of the total money for your services and the balance shall be my capital investment in your country through your help. As Refugees

(Asylum Seekers) and as such the law of Country does not permit us or any Refugees to operate or open any bank account here be involved in any financial transaction with the

bank, that is why I contacted you to assist me as soon as possible to transfer or secure this fund to your account/domain and for me to move out of this country.Please get back

to me if you are interesting by assisting me claim the fund, so that I will give you all the details /contact of the bank where the fund was deposited. Honestly I want the fund to be

transferred into your account before I come over your country to continue my education, honestly I am really suffering since I arrived in this country, it is too painful, but I hope

with your help I will have the fund transferred into your account to enable me to come over to your country and have a better life to live in your country. As soon as we receive your

interest in assisting me, I will put things into action immediately. In the light of the above, I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction sincerely.

reply to my email....:

Yours Faithfully,
Ahmed Abdel Younes.

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