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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Engr. Issah Ahmed" <email@example.com>
Reply-To: "Engr. Issah Ahmed" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2019 15:12:13 +0900 (JST)
Subject: INVESTMENT PROPOSAL.
My Name is Engr. Issah Ahmed, I was a top official in the former government of Late Muammar Gaddafi of Libya.
My late master Muammar Gaddafi, the deposed leader of our country, died on 20 October 2011 during the Battle of Sirte. Gaddafi was found hiding in a culvert west of Sirte and captured by National Transitional Council forces. He was killed shortly afterwards.
We the official members continued with war till the early year 2017 due to the painful death and forceful removal of our Late Master Muammar Gaddafi, our country was totally destabilized because we refused to another government.
In this year 2019 all
we the officials in the former Gaddafi government are being arrested, persecuted and imprisoned by the new wicked government.
Libya is presently not safe at the
moment, therefore we all moving our money out of Libya.
I want you to quickly help me receive and keep the sum US $150.5million to your country for safety. I have agreed you take 25% of the said money for your assistance.
It is very urgent and Please reply me urgently If you can be trustful to help. I will be waiting to hear from you as soon as possible.
Engr. Issah Ahmed