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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: "Colonel Abdullah El-Hassi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:38:36 -0700

Hello partner,
My name is Colonel Abdullah El-Hassi, A Libyan air force I got your e-mail address from the investment dictionary list; I am searching for an honest and trust worthy business partner for investment project worth 11.5 Million Dollars.
The transaction will be 100% risky free, all I need is your honest, full support till the end of the business, and then I will be very happy to accept you as my business partner; your kind urgent answer is needed immediately.
30% of the total funds worth 11.5 Million Dollars will be your share, after all transaction is completed by you, if interested send your reply to this address:
Your urgent response is needed.
Colonel Abdullah El-Hassi

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