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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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Fraud email example:

From: "muatasim younis abdul fatah" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:07:56 +0100
Subject: China Gold And Fund Investment Can You Handle It?

My  Respect,
First of all, let me introduce my humble self. My name is Muatasim Younis, the son of Abdul Fatah Younis Al-Obeidi late. Who served as a senior military officer in Libya. My late father held the rank of Major General and the post of minister of interior, but resigned on 22 February 2011 to defect to the rebel side in what was to become the Libyan Civil War. He was considered a key supporter of Muammar Gaddafi or even No. 2 in the Libyan government.
In resigning, my late father urged that the Libyan army should "join the people and respond to their legitimate demands from seceding from the autocratic government of Ghadafi.On 29 July 2011, my father was brutally murdered by members of an anti-Gaddafi militia.
Since the death of my father, and the killing of my only brother, i have in Benghazi. After the killing of the police boss and the disorganization of present administration by the deadly militia, things has never been the same in Libya. Murder, Kidnapping and Rape has been the order of the day. Fundamental Human Right only exist in theory but practically, it is far from obtaining. On this ground, i want to relocate to a peace loving country where there is still respect for human life.
However,  i would like to invest massively in your country. I must be truthful and admit that i have never been into business before and for this reason, am looking forward expectantly to engaging your service as my business partner, sponsor and fund manager. I seek an honest , transparent and God fearing person to partner with me over this investment. For the sake of transparency, i would like us to meet and know each other via Skype video and call for more explanations and get to know each other very well. That is when we can now arrange on where to meet for face to face discussion.
It's my honour and privilege to connect with you personally. We have several opportunities to work together to make a beautiful world of association especially in Project like Gold and fund investment.
Yours Mr. Muatasi Younis
Can we talk via Skype call and Vidoe:
Add my skype id:  muatasimyounisabdulfatah

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