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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: Mrs Aisha El Gaddafi <>
Date: Sun, 13 Sep 2020 16:58:34 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Can I invest in your country from Mrs. Aisha El Gaddafi?

Can I invest in your country from Mrs. Aisha El Gaddafi?
Dear Friend,

Please I want you to exercise some patience going through this mail so that it will enable you have good understanding. Meanwhile I will appreciate you to ignore and delete this mail from your mail box if you are not interested been my partner for the investment project in your country.

I came across your e-mail contact prior a private search while in need of your assistance. My name is Mrs Aisha El Gaddafi a single Mother and a Widow with three Children. I am the only biological Daughter of late Libyan President (Late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi).

I have investment funds worth Thirty Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollar ($30,500,000.00 ) and i need a trusted investment Manager/Partner because of my current refugee status, however, I am interested in you for investment project assistance in your country, may be from there, we can build business relationship in the nearest future.

About me and the reason why I am now in Burkina Faso as you can read more in the linked below Please inter the link to read and know more about me and the reason why I contacted you.

I am willing to negotiate investment/business profit sharing ratio with you base on the future investment earning profits. If you are willing to handle this project on my behalf kindly reply urgent to enable me provide you more information about the investment funds.

For your information, My late father also deposited 37kg of (GOLD) in Accra Ghana a neighboring country from where i am presently now. My plan is after claiming this fund, we will have enough fund to move for the claim of the GOLD.

Your Urgent Reply Will Be Appreciated. contact me at this email address
( for further discussion.

Best Regards
Mrs Aisha El Gaddafi

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