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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: Mustafa Mohamed Zarti <>
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2021 01:58:58 -0700


Dear friend

I know this may come to you as a surprise but it is my greatest
willingness to partner with you to establish a viable business in your

The call up capital to be invested in this business is
$120,000,000.00(One Hundred and Twenty Million Dollars) only.

This money is derived from the sales of Libyan crude oil with Dong
Energy Company Denmark.

Mores information and Documents for proof will be sent to you as soon
as i receive your response along with
your Private and direct phone number.

Thank you as you indicate your willingness to partner with me.


Mohamed Mustafa Zarti

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