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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: "FROM: Eric Moore" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 15:24:03 +0000


I would have loved to explain every detail to you via

whatsapp messenger but considering the sensitivity of this

transaction, I decided to communicate to you through email

for the moment.

Please I need your help as urgent as possible.

To explain to you more better on why I need your help, As

you are already aware I am a gold merchant and also a

financial broker by profession. In the year 2011 during the

political upheavals in Libya, I was consulted by one of my

old client an oil magnate and ex minister of petroleum being

a strong ally to deposed Libyan president Muammar Gaddaffi.

My client sought for my assistance to move the sum of $45

million dollars to a financial house abroad when it became

clear to him that Gaddaffi will be ousted from the seat of


As a financial broker I made the necessary arrangements with

an offshore financial house and the total sum of $45 million

was moved out safely and was placed under their custody

without a beneficiary's name because my client didn't want

his name mentioned due to his political status at the time.

Now the financial house has called on my urgent attention to

furnish them with the details of the rightful beneficiary to

enable them set up a proper account and place the funds but

unfortunately my client was assassinated few years ago in an

unknown circumstances. Please check the report of his death

on BBC news orld-europe-17889660

Now I am seeking your assistance to present you to the

financial house as the beneficiary of the funds to enable

them place the funds on your name for subsequent transfer to

any bank account you may provide. I decided to do this

because I cannot forfeit this deposit to the bank

considering the fact that no other individual or person is

aware of this deposit except me and my deceased client. As a

financial broker, I will use my expertise to secure whatever

document that may be needed to proof that the fund is coming

to you as an investment which will prove the origin and

source of funds to your receiving bank prior to the


Your role is to only pose as the beneficiary of the deposit

since the fund was deposited without beneficiary's name and

after that you will instruct the bank to transfer the funds

to any account you will provide in your country or anywhere

else and after that I will fly down to meet with you and

disburse the money 50% for you and 50%. I am open for

negotiations if you deem it necessary. As a Christian I

would want to use part of my own share to start a charity

organisation to help millions of impoverished children there

in Libya.

As you can see from the above explanation, everything about

this transaction is 100% legitimate and will never bring

trouble of any kind now and after the completion of the


If you are ready to work with me kindly send me your direct

telephone number for verbal dicussion.


Eric Moore

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