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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: "Jamal" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 01:11:13 -0800
Subject: Acknowledgement

Assalamu alaikum Dear Friend

This is a proposal that might interest you. We can work on it together discretely.

The sum of US$21,000,000 (Twenty-One Million Dollars) belonging to late son of Muammar Gaddafi: Al-Mutassim-Billah Muammar al-Gaddafi is about to be wired out of this bank due to series of documents presented to us by Bin Meshar Advocates, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates authorizing them to file for the release of the funds on behalf of their client the deceased to the under listed bank account:

A/C Name: Dalian Technology Development Co. Ltd.
Bank Name: OCBC Singapore
Bank Address: 65 Chulia Street, OCBC Centre, Singapore 049513

My personal investigation showed these men to be false and acting based on insider information. I therefore wish to seek your cooperation to act as the true owner of the funds, so that together we will move the funds out of this bank and use the funds for beneficial investment purpose for both of us.

I will work out all the technical details for a smooth movement of the funds out of my bank if I get your response about your readiness to cooperate with me.
Contact me urgently if you are interested.

Jamal Bin Ghalaita
Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Islamic
Emirates NBD (Islamic Bank Department)
Telephone: +971526574638
Private Email:

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