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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 Muhammed Ibrahim <>
Date: Sat, 15 May 2021 17:38:03 -0700
Subject: Dear friend

I'm deeply sorry to berg into your privacy as we haven't met before,
as a matter of fact, I will be very brief since I'm in urgent need of
a trust person to help move out a valuable funds deposit by late
Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi into a foreign bank account which will
later be used for any profitable joint investment between me and you,

As a civil servant i cannot do this alone, The Libya’s sovereign
wealth fund said five EU countries paid out money from frozen accounts
in Europe that once belonged to Muammar Qaddafi despite international
sanctions, according to POLITICO.

But no one are aware of this Total Amount is $19.5 Million us Dollars
that currently available under QNB Fineness bank Turkey and placed in
an ESCROW CALL ACCOUNT without a beneficiary, it will be of advantage
for me to solicit for a foreigner on my behalf since the funds origin
is from a genuine source. Total Amount is $19.5 Million us Dollars.

For more details kindly indicate your willingness by responding via my
private email id below====

Best regards,
From Mr Muhammed Ibrahim

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