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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: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:34:49 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: project memo.

DATE_2015_01_19Hello.Have you any viable businessplan that needs funding? I'm acting on behalf of a wealthy Libyan family whoare cautious of exposing their finances due to their political affiliation. For the safety of theirfunds the investors are capable and willing to invest huge sum of money in anybusiness abroad, in both short and long term projects. The funds are available incash and will be released simply upon proof of feasibility of the business anddemonstration of managerial skill by the project manager. Please note there areother potential business opportunities coming up; the earlier we receive youroffer, the better your chance to partner with us. Please contact me with myalternative We look forward to receivingyour advice. Best regards, Hussein Ali Bin 

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