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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: "Younis Bustillous" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:14:43 +0300
Subject: (GOLD BULLION AND FUND INVESTOR )...From Mrs. Bustillous Ada Younis Al-Obeidi

My  Respect,
First of all, 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 Ada  Younis Al-Obeidi Venezuela Citizen married to Libyan and wife of late Abdul Fatah Younis Al-Obeidi  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. My late Husband served as a senior military officer in Libya. My late husband 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 husband 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 husband was brutally murdered by members of an anti-Gaddafi militia.
Since the death of my husband, and the killing of my 2 son, i have been 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.
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.
I  am contacting you regarding my urgent need to establish a mutual business relationship. it is going to be a long term business relationship with mutual benefit , and am interested in investing on this following project stated below. 1. Real Estate project 2. Expansion of business 3.Power plant project 4. Agricultural project 5. Querying 6.Mining 7. School project,8. Oil and Gas,9. Gold or any other kind of  business you can handle e.t.c. If you are interested you can revert back to me for more details
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.
Mrs. Bustillous Ada Younis Al-Obeidi

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