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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: "Abdul Majid Kubar (Jnr)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2021 10:32:04 -0500

Good Day ,

On behalf of Engineer Dr. Ali Mahmoud Hassan Mohamed, the Director-Chairman Board of Trustees Libyan Oil Investment Authority in charge to manage the mounting surplus revenue of the Libyan oil (silent investor) I am writing to seek your cooperation/assistance in effort to relocate Multi-million dollars investment capital for Joint Venture Partnership with you in your country.

My aim is to relocate and partner with you through PROJECTS FINANCING AND ESTABLISHMENTS on joint venture in your existing entity or formation of a new one ([NEW COMPANY]) to be jointly owned, and this plan has been approved by the bank.

Your responsibility will be nomination of Bank Account to receive the Funds AS PROJECT FINANCING CAPITAL and facilitate integrating the funds into the banking system and diversification of the same to viable sectors in your economy in compliance with and Gov't regulatory agencies.

I propose we arrange for a meeting, thus this mail is a formal expression of intent to start a joint investment partnership with you, hence my contact.

If the offer is acceptable to you, reply with your personal details and contact so that we can move forward with our discussions.

Thank you (shukran)


Abdul Majid Kubar (Jnr)

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