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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: Hussein Ali Bin <>
Reply-To: Hussein Ali Bin <>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:45:11 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: project memo.

Have you any viable business plan that needs funding? I'm acting on behalf of awealthy Libyan family who are cautious of exposing their finances due to theirpolitical affiliation.
For the safety of their funds the investors are capable and willing to investhuge sum of money in any business abroad, in both short and long term projects. The funds areavailable in cash and will be released simply upon proof of feasibility of the businessand demonstration of managerial skill by the project manager. Please note thereare other potential business opportunities coming up; the earlier we receiveyour offer, the better your chance to partner with us. Please contact me withmy
We look forward to receiving your advice.
Best regards,  Hussein Ali Bin

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