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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: Saeed Ibrahim <>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2020 01:50:07 +0800
Subject: Projects Funding

Dear Sir/Ma,

We are looking for a genuine and sincere investor that will help us to
invest United states $300 million Dollars belonging to former Chairman
of Libyan oil company Salem Mohammed Amesh, this fund was moved out of
Libya during the political crisis in 2011, The fund was deposited in a
secured place, any interested investor should contact for more
details. Please note that we have the ability to conduct the
transaction with total confidentiality with any company or individual involved.

Awaiting for your prompt response.

Best Regards,
Saeed Ibrahim

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