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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: "M.KABOUT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:55:17 +0400

Sir, with due respect.
I am pleased to receive your email address & company details through my search of direct and reliable Manufacturers/Distributors Agents. However, I am interested in your PRODUCTS, I mainly looking for Poultry products/ Seafood, Agricultural products, Materials and Textile Products.
My name is Mr. Momtaz Kabbout, a citizen of Lebanon, Born in Tripoli Libya but residing and working in a Bank in Republic of Benin, as a bank manager in my branch. I hope that you will not expose or betray this trust that I am about to repose on you for the mutual benefit of our both families.
I am a family friend of late Khamis Gadhafi one of sons of late president M.Gadhafi of Libya, where I was born which you can confirm from my passport. I am late Khamis account manager in my bank and I have in my possession some substantial amount to transfer for a business, but for security reasons I will not mention the amount here. This fund was moved secretly to me to execute a project of building mighty Poultry Farm with Cooled Storerooms in Parakou Northern area of this country Benin. 10 days after I received the fund, Libya civilian war started and Mr Khamis was killed both his father and others. You may know the story, and until this moment no one knows about this money lay down in my Bank Security Vault in my name.
My purpose of contacting you is that I need a company owner or Distributors Agents that can stand as a contractor, whom we awarded the contract in the past which was terminated by me because of the sudden death of my client. Now that I am in position to nominate anyone as the rightful contractor to supply products and ship to me in three different countries in Africa, named, Republic of Benin, Rep of Togo and Rep of Ghana. This contract will be officially executed and signed in the presents of my lawyer and your lawyer in the government office to avoid fraud. If you accept this proposal, you must appear in person or send a representative to sign the contact on your behalf. In case you cannot come in person or send representative, then you will be required to hire an accredited attorney who will stand for you and act on your behalf.
This is a legitimate offer, and the fund is verifiable through live inspection in the bank vault, that is why I sated all the conditions here clearly as everything will be done legally in the office of our both lawyers. After contract signed, you will be here and witness the transfer of the fund to your account and you will confirm everything okay before you will fly back to your country to start the shipment.
Finally, the amount involved in this contract will be given to you on the second mail and there I will tell you how the shipment will be done and the amount I will invest in all the products and the amount I will invest in Real Estate management in your country including the percentage you shall take in each investment we do.
I await your urgent communication.
Best regards,
Mr. Momtaz Kabbout
Call Tel: +229-61717148

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