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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: Aisha Gaddafi <>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2020 19:35:53 +0200
Subject: Dear good friend


I was shocked you stopped communicating me, I really can't understand
your reason for doing so, but I am very happy now to inform you about
my success in getting the fund out of the bank with the help of a
staff working in the remittance office and also with the special
assistance of a French business woman that catered for other

However, I left the sum of $200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand U.S Dollars
Only) in an ATM cash withdrawal Card. This $200,000 is for you and it
is purposely for your compensation for your little effort in this
transaction. The ATM Card is a global payment card which is
acceptable, workable and usable worldwide in making daily withdrawal
of money from any ATM location. So you can be able to make
withdrawals of money in any countries on daily basis.

I left the ATM card with Rev Sister Rita, now go on and contact her
through his email address so that she can dispatch to you the ATM card
at your contact address. Simply contact her immediately so that she
can send the ATM card to you. Below is the contact of Rev Sister Rita;

E-Mail: (

Name: Rev Sister Rita

Update me as soon as Rev Sister Rita delivery the ATM card to your address.

Bye and best regards,
Mrs. Aisha Gaddafi

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