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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: Izzat Ibrahim <>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2022 23:08:22 +0000
Subject: Thanks

Assalamalekum ,

I am the first legitimate son of Hassan Al-Douri from Libya who was a
cabinet minister until his gruesome murder in 2014 by sponsored
killers. .

Please can you help me to receive the fund I inherited from my father
to your account in your country for business investment ?

My contacting you now is to discuss possible investments under your
care mostly , in other to utilize this hug amount of fund ( 2.7million
us dollars ) outside my country through a foreigner for investment and
establishment .

Moreover , am afraid of having an investment on my names because of
the demise of my father .
However, this correspondence is private, mostly from any Indigene of
Libya and as well with the Government of Libya and it should be
treated in strict confidence .

I will await your response to enable me discuss this in full details
through my private Email: ( )

Looking forwards to hear from you soon by sending me your information
immediately as follows,

Your Full Name:
Your Country:
Your occupation:
Your age:
Your Sex:
Your telephone number:
Your Scan int’l passport or Id card:

Regards : Al-Douri I. Ibrahim

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