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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: Eddie Lulu <>
Reply-To: Eddie Lulu <>
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2014 14:27:48 +0000 (UTC)

First National Bank of South Africa (FNB)
6th Floor - #1 First Place, Bank City
Cnr Simmonds and Pritchard Streets
Johannesburg 2001 Gauteng South Africa
Ref: SARB/PED/FNB/101/2014
Telegrams: 12409
Mobile: +27-83-974-0773
Fax; +27-86-616-9684
I am Mr. Eddie Lulu (FCAA) the chief accountant of FIRST NATIONAL BANK
SOUTH AFRICA (FNB). There is an account that was opened in this bank in 1999 and
since 2011 nobody has operated on this account. After going through some old
files in my records, I discovered that if I do not remit this money out
urgently it would be forfeited for nothing.
The owner of this account is COL. MUAMMAR GADDAFI, late Libyan president who
died since 2011 during Libya uprising and NATO invasion in Libya. No other
person knows about this account or anything concerning it as it was opened by his
son, MUTASSIM BILLAH GADDAFI who is dead as well, the account has no other
beneficiary and my investigation proved to me as well that his family does
not know anything about this account and the money involved is Twenty Five Million
United States Dollars (USD$ 25,000,000.00). I am only contacting you as a foreigner because
this money cannot be approved to a local bank here, but can only be approved
to any foreign account been it personal or Investment account; the Bank here
in South Africa will accept it because the money is in United States Dollars
and the former owner Late COL. MUAMMAR GADDAFI was a foreigner too.
This deposit was for 5 years so it has over matured hence I want to use this
opportunity that the only survivor son (heir)SAIF AL ISLAM GADDAFI, was
captured by rebel forces as he tried to flee the country his family had
ruled for four decades. We cannot release the funds from his account unless
someone applies for claim as the next of kin to the deceased as Indicated in
our banking guidelines and Banking Ethics of South Africa. It may interest
you to know that I can secure from the probate an order of mandamus to
present you as the family foreign partner /beneficiary) I need your full
co-operation to make this work fine because the management is ready to
approve this payment to any foreigner who has correct information of this
account, which I will give to you as soon as you indicate your sincerity to
co-operate with me, and capability to handle such amount in strict
confidence and trust according to my instructions and advice for our mutual
benefit because this opportunity may never come again in our lives.
Please acknowledge receipt of this message before we negotiate your
percentages on your response for conclusion of this project, while the rest
shall be for us for investment purposes, if this proposal is acceptable to
you, do not take undue advantage of the trust I have bestowed in you. Upon
your acceptance of this proposal kindly send me a text message or call me at
mobile: +27-83-974-0773
Yours sincerely,
Mr. Eddie Lulu
Mobile: +27-83-974-0773
Fax; +27-86-616-9684

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