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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. Mohamed Abdullah" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2020 18:01:46 -1200
Subject: Investment Synergy

For your kind Attention Sir,

I am looking to work with a reputable individual/firm to engage in a
profit oriented ventures in your country and perhaps with your
assistance, we could get low tax rates. I have the directive of H.E
Mohamed Abdullah former Petroleum Minister from Libya to source

for partner abroad who can accommodate and manage $320 Million USD.
The sums are derived from an executed project deal with Yukos Oil
Company before the company was merged into Rosneft Oil Corporation.

If you are taking the fund directly as a company and supervise the
total investment over there and proceeds will be shared 50/50.
We need to maintain absolute confidentiality in the transaction as the
fund provider want to remain silent and Hard copy of (MOU) AGREEMENT
will be sign on our meeting.

We shall apply for the necessary paper work required to re-profile
your name as the recipient and also ensure payment is made via T.T
Telegraphic Transfer to your bank account in your name. I guaranty we
would execute this business under a legitimate arrangement without
breach of the law.

Note: Contact me on my private EMAIL:
For further details.

Best Regards
Mr M. Abdullah.

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