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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: "Ada Bustillous" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 01:09:01 +0100
Subject: Project/Contract Can You Handle It,

My Respect.
Without wasting much time,It will make a good sense to begin with an identification of my humble self after a brief cross over over your profile.  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.
But, i am a child of destiny and i strongly believes that the wishes of God must be done and fulfilled in my life. This faith of mine was what had me going while i continued praying to be granted a honest and God fearing person for a successful execution of this transaction.
I strongly believes that this my willingness to subject this transaction to practical demonstrations by showing you everything is the only way i can prove to you the reliability of this transaction.
I prayed and fasted before contacting you for this transaction but if you think that it was a mistake to contact you , this is the best time to let the rat out of the bag. Please, kindly and truthfully tell me if you really have what it takes to execute this and prove your willingness and commitment by sending me your complete detail for more comprehensive details on how best to execute this transaction. And if for any reason you want to discontinue, just be truthful and admit to me that you don't wish to continue with this project.
Having said this, i also want to point out to you that thinking about the present scamming perpetrated by wicked people in our today's world, i will not  blame you even if you accuse my correspondence as fraud. I don't want to talk much about the authenticity of this project because action they say speaks louder than voice. The only way to convince you beyond any reasonable doubt is to prove to you practically the existence of this transaction and that is exactly what i intend to do if you are ready to partner with me over this project.
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 .
6.   Have you received money overseas before?
7.   The total cash is currently secured inside Bank out side Libya?
8.   The transfer will be 100% legal via bank to bank transfer?
9.   There will be great need for a meeting face to face if you so desire as there is a lot of evil on the internet and  to discuss the modalities of the transfer process and to authoritatively clear you about the sincerity and authenticity of the transaction.
10. Your Handsome percentage/commission will be discussed in my subsequent message.
11. The total amount which was moved out of Libya will be specified to you in my next message and the Quantity of the Gold Bar.
12. Do you know about Commodity:(Refined Gold (Au) Form : Gold Bullion/Bar Form. Purity : 96.5% purity Carat:23 carat +plus
I pray that you will be that nice to save the lives of my family who are trapped here in Libya desert. My children deserves a place where human lives are respected and valued not a place where is no longer a strange seeing corpses along the road. I am a mother, it is heart broken seeing your daughter being raped and killed by these dirty militants and soulless militants.
All am asking of you is assist me with the execution of this project to enable you rescue the life of my family. We want to come and invest in your country. I have already lost my husband, son and daughter and i don't want to bury any of my children again.It has been my dream and ambition to see my family in a country where they will freely exercise their fundamental human right just like other free citizens of the country and if you will make this my dream come true before i die, i shall ever be indebted to you
Finally, Libya is presently tougher than a jungle full of wild beasts. The insurgents who are also called the militants has rubbished the rule of law in the country and successfully hijacked the the federal authority. This has given them the power to kill, rap and kidnap innocent civilians since the government who swore to protect the life and property of the populace has failed them. My family has seen enough of this and the sooner you commence this transaction, the better for all the party involved.
Email and respond to my yahoo email below for more details .
Yours Madam Ada Younis

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