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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: mperchic <>
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2018 21:27:22 -1200

Dear Partner,

Please forgive me if my proposal come to you as an embarrassment as I had no previous correspondence with you before now, my objective is to establish a viable business relationship with you.

I am Dr. Moussa Ibrahim a Politician and Former Minister of Information and official spokesman to Former Libyan President Late Colonel. Muammar Gaddafi, From Libya. But Resident in Houston,TX, United States  after the death of our Former Libyan President in 2011 during the Libyan Civil War.

Furthermore, due to the problem in the States after the U.S President Donald Trump banned majority of Muslim countries entering the United States, I find it necessary to diversify my investments outside the States to safe guard against the future of my family.

Please I will like to discuss with you to know the possibility of how we can work together as business partner and Invest the sum of Fifteen Million United States Dollars  $15, 000, 000, 00  under your management in your Country.  

I am willing to negotiate the investment/business profit sharing ratio with you base on the future investment earning profits.

I Have The Following Investment Plan For Your Consideration:
A  Real Estate Management
B  Hotel Management
C  Hospital Management

Please if you have another profitable business plan, which I may be interested to invest in your country, kindly reply me urgently for more details.

Waiting for your urgent reply,

Best Regards,
Dr. Moussa IBRAHIM

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