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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: "Mr.Ali Al-Kilani <>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:08:11 +0200
Subject: Asalaam Alaikum

I am Hon.Ali Al-Kilani a descendant and former cabinet member of Libyan Arab People's Socialist Republic,I have an issue that I would want to share with you and I will also need your help in return if possible.

As I have series of problems with the President of the National Transitional Council due to allegation of misusing public funds when I was in government, at the moment all my property and bank accounts in and outside Libya have since been seized respectively by the Transitional Council and I'm not aware of the consequences if convicted, because in my country,the judiciary is very biased, so justice is perverted and as such the worst violation of human rights and justice is expected.

Please I will need your help to sort and keep some money that is presently in a financial institution in South Africa which nobody knows about.

If you accept to keep this money for me, you can make as much as Five million dollars quietly.This will be better for me, rather than have National Transitional Council later finds out and claim all that I have worked for.

If acceptable my friend the money will be released to you within 5 working days that is all I can say for now.

Ali Al-Kilani.

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