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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: "Mrs. Libaiba Azima Ozturk," (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 13:46:14 -0700
Subject: Urgent Please Reply!

Dear Sir,

I write this letter with heart full of sincerity and tension. My name is Mrs Lariba Azima Ozturk, wife of General Akin Ozturk, former four-star General in the Turkish Air Force who served as the 30th Commander of the Turkish Air Force until August 4, 2015. After his expiration as commander, he continued his duty as a member of the
Supreme Military Council.

Surprising to me My husband was arrested on 16th July 2016 on charges of having played a leading role in the failed 2016 Turkish coup d'tat attempt of 15 July. He was stripped of all his military ranks and indicted for offenses against public order, terrorism, conspiracy and treason. My husband had earlier denied the allegation with proof and evidence that he never participated in the failed coup. Our house has been surrendered by armed police officers and state police. I am from

I met my husband during the united Nations peace keeping movement in Africa. When my husband noticed unrest with Turkish Government, all his life savings was withdrawn from the bank, including some Gold and Diamond substance. My husband kept them in a security company in LONDON UK with the help of Kenya embassy here in Turkey.

My husband has been humiliated by the Government and has been in detention without proper medication and food. I am under house arrest including the entire family of the General. In name of my suffering children I need you to help us out to claim those items for my children in case my husband dies in detention. In the mean time, kindly send me your telephone number, full names, address/Country and occupation. I will be waiting for your urgent response as the case may be.

Mrs. Libaiba Azima Ozturk,

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