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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: "Major-General Abdul Razak" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2016 23:55:08 -0000

HELLO Friend,
I am Major-General Abdul Razak, Head of Air Force Libya; I got your e-mail address from the investment list worldwide, I want to invest my money 11.5 Million Euros in your Country i need partnership from you, I have in Security Company 11.5 Million Euros for the investment project. I secure this money from my oil deal.
The business must remain TOP SECRET between both of us only, It is for my security purpose as a TOP MILITARY PERSONAL, and I assure you 100% risky free in this business, all I need is your honest full support and effort, then I will be very glad to accept you as my business partner, I need to act fast their is no time to delay because of the current war crisis in my country Libya.
I offer you 30% of the total funds worth 11.5 Million Euro, after all investment is completed by you, kindly reply me back with this e-mail address:
Am looking forward to receive your reply soonest.
Major-General Abdul Razak

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