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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: "AHMED UMAR" <>
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 10:40:30 +0000


First let me introduce myself. My name is AHMED UMAR. I am the attorney for the son of Libyan
leader Col Mommar Gaddafi. I am sure you must have heard about the revolution sweeping my
country. as you can see on the following links:

This has prompted me to leave the country to another African country which I will disclose to
you in due time.

Now to the reason of my writing to you. As a trusted aid and personal lawyer to the son of the
Libyan leader Col Mommar Gaddafi.

We have secure the total of #.330 million Pounds from access crude oil account, this fund was
pulled out on the heat of this crises rocking Libya. The said fund was deposited with a
security company in a location, ( not Libya) which I will let you know in due cause.

Now it seems the regime of Col Gaddafi has come to an end and no one knows what will happen
next. Now I have received instruction from my client Saif Al Islam Gaddafi the second son of
Col.Gaddafi to look for a partner to secure the money from security company. This will enable
him have some thing to fall on, if the inevitable happens.

We are ready to let you have 30% of the total sum, while I will have 10% and 60 % will be kept
by you for my client or even help in investing for him pending when things stabilize. I have
all the papers to help us in getting the fund from the security company.

Please if you are interested in this transaction, urgently respond to me through my email as ( ) so that I can brief you in details.

But if you are not interested, please treat the email as it never come to you.

This is confidential and must not be discussed by the third party or unauthorized person(s).

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.


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