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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: Edward Turner <>
Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2019 02:47:18 -0600
Subject: Business Proposal

Dear Friend
I am Edward Turner a supervisor with a private security company in Sou=
Africa , a Former intelligence chief of Late Muammar Ghaddafi Mr.Abdullah
Senussi, of Libya. There is absolutely going to be a great doubt and
distrust in your heart in respect of this letter coupled with the fact
that, so many individuals have taken possession of the internet to
facilitate their nefarious deeds, thereby making it extremely difficult f=
genuine and legitimate business class persons to get attention and
recognition. There is no way for me to know whether I will be properly
understood, but it is my duty to write and reach out to you as a person
based on great fidelity and trust. Your contact is by a courtesy of my go=
friend who was a member of South African Export Promotion Council (SAEPC)
in Johannesburg.
Before the Libyan uprising in 2011 Mr. Abdullah Sennusi deposited the =
of US$40,500,000.00 (Forty Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars only) with a security company I work for here in South Africa .
after his arrest he was convicted and killed according to Libyan law. Sin=
I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over a period of
time, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceas=
so that the proceeds of this account valued at US$40,500,000.00 (Forty
Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only) can be
transferred into your designated account. Then I shall proceed down to yo=
country with you to confirm the net amount in your account and to invest =
share of the money if you permit me.
I shall re validate and notarize all the necessary legal documents tha=
can be used to back up any claim that the bank may need, this is 100% ris=
free ,I guarantee you this will be executed under a legitimate arrangemen=
that will protect you from any breach of the law. I need your strong
assurance and confidentiality. I will give you 30% while 70% for me.
contact me on my email )=C2=A0 for more det=
if you are interested please=C2=A0=C2=A0 send me your mobile phone num=
bers for
easy faster communication, do not bother to reply if you are not interest=
Yours truly,
Edward Turner

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