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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "the consignment" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "consignment " (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "power of attorney" (with your bank details and a power of attorney form criminals sometimes empty bank accounts)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: aisha gddafi <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2021 10:35:12 -0800
Subject: Good Day,
I want to indulge your humble person to read through this letter written by
I am Aisha Al-Gaddafi , the Daughter of late Col. Muammar Gaddafi foramer
Libya Leader who died on October 20, 2011. I have the believe and
understanding that my father's death was masterminded by international
community base on the role my late Father has shown to the western world
over his leadership in our country Libya .
They have taken all that I suffered and saved for since his death including
some of my treasure, houses and bank accounts closed by the new Government.
Hence, I am contacting you to assist me in removing the sum of sixty five
million USA dollars been deposited with a deposit company in Dubai, United
The funds was deposited with a deposit company in my name and as a matter
of fact me, my only son and the entire family of my father in-law were
trapped in a bunker here in Tripoli I manage to sneak out with my son with
the help of a security guard on duty that faithful day.
I manage to crossed the border and I am presently into hiding in Senegal
without any other means of communication unless my laptop hoping to arrange
for my traveling out possible to Europe to safe guard my life because I
know that the regime of my father has collapse after his death.Please for
your kind assistance I will offer you 30% of the total sum, all the legal
documentation concerning the deposit are with me, I will only write power
of attorney making you the new beneficiary of the deposit so that the
security company can release the consignment to you.
Bear in mind that the funds was deposited with the security and deposit
firm as household effect, therefore they do not know the real content, so
you are going to collect the consignment as house effect from the security
company where as only you and me know the real content.
Once you successfully collect the consignment from the security company you
will send me with some money so that I can arrange for my traveling where
we can meet ourselves for disbursement.
May Allah grant you the heart to assist me and my only son in this our
trial period, please never you abandon me with my son just because we are
Arabs, but I want to assure you that I am of a clean heart that was brought
up under western education but married to a cruel family.
Get back with your details so that we can proceed without delay because l
am here without help from no one. You can all so reach me here: