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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: "Mr.Mark william" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:04:24 -0700
Subject: kindly let me know

Hello Dear Friend,

I am Mr.Mark william from Libya ,i am one of the officers that served under
the Ghaddafi legime,before the death of Ghaddafi after i observed that the
Ghaddafi government does not represent the citizens and interest of Libya ,i
joined the revote against him and publicly oppose his govt.

Currently i am in Exile in Cape Vade Ireland ,because my life was threatened.I
am contacting you because i need you to help me to receive the sum of
$3 000,000 million dollars which is deposited in a bank abroad.I also request
that you help me to investment the fund in your country because my my movement is restricted .

If you are ready for this offer kindly let me know what will be your percentage
share in this investment. Email;

Mr.Mark william

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