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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: "Ali Faraj Alrabti." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 5 Mar 2017 17:38:05 -0800
Subject: I am Waiting for your urgent reply

Dear Friend,
I am Ali Faraj Alrabti, personal air pilot to the late Muammar Gaddafi of Libya. I'm one of the pilot who defected to malta during revolation. Before a revolt pushed him out from power in August
2011, he trusted me and instructed me to purchase ammunition from his Russia business man with some funds, this funds was originally deposited in a secret finance house in europe.
I want you to work with me and receive the funds in your country, I am also very lucky that my dealings with him is top priority secret because no one know about the funds. You are the only person
am revealing this secret to, so you have to keep it between me and you.
As a libyan I have access to invest this money in my country but since everybody knew I was the personal Pilot to him, the world might raise Eye Brow if should I single handedly withdraw and invest
this whole money because its too huge for a single individual like me hence my contacting you..
I will tell you how much is involved as soon as I get your reply through my private e-mail:
I am presently in UK, you can also reach me on my mobile: +442033899770.
I am Waiting for your urgent response.
Ali Faraj Alrabti.

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