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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: "Bustillosu Bustillous" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:22:34 +0400
Subject: Can You Handle This Project? Email and respond to my yahoo email for more details .?

A wish to invest in your country came into existence after a careful and comprehensive study and analysis of your profile.
However,it was by divine intervention that I came across your profile and after a combination of praying and fasting,  I became more confident that you are the chosen one from God to liberate my family out of this terrible Libya bondage. A country where human life means nothing., a place where you can eat with a friend and see his/her corps in the next minutes.  A dead trap and a faild state. I really thank God for giving me the opportunity of meeting you.
Without wasting much time,It will make a good sense to begin with an identification of my humble self.  My name is Mrs. Bustillous Madam Ada Emillia Younis  Venezuela Citizen married to Libyan and wife of late Col. Abdel Fatah Younis  who was shot dead during the civil war in Libya. My late Husband was loyal companion and a business representative of President Muammar Al-Gaddafi.
Having said this, i want to make it clear to you that for us to conquer this project, we have got to make a formidable force. This force is all about determination, dedication, transparency, absolutely honesty and truthfulness. Any relationship, especially a business relation ship that lack any of the above ingredients, their aim will fall like a pack of badly arranged cards.
For the purpose of clarity, I will ask you to kindly send me the feasibility study and business plan in the sector that you feel and knows that we can invest wisely for the benefit of both of us.
1.  I seeking that company or individual who have the ability to assist me for the transfer of the fund, invest and manage it.
2.   The fund will be transferred into your account via bank to bank if you are ready and capable to handle it .?
3.   Does your account have the ability to accommodate the huge sum ?
4.   The fund is completely out of Libya .
5.   What area of investment do you think this amount will be invested?
7.   Have you received money overseas before?
8.   The total cash is currently secured inside Bank out side Libya?
9.   The transfer will be 100% legal via bank to bank transfer?
10. Lastly,So I'm glade to inform you that we can arrange for a meeting if you wish as there will be need for trust and transparent and that means, I believe that we have to hold a meeting to discus face to face all the details if you wish
11. Because of amount of fake, unsolicited messages, fraud and scamm emails, meeting face to face is inevitable for me to prove my honest, sincerity and transparent over this deal.
A.   Do you know or have idea of Gold Bar and Dust?
B.   Do you know any buyer who can travel down to where the Gold is lodged to enable him see, pick up sample for test Assay Report straight to the refinery to confirm the purity before discussing on the affordable price to be given.
C.   I seeking that Mandate/broker who can assist me to find buyer of below commodity.
Email and respond to my yahoo email for more details .
Madam Ada Emillia

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