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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 Al-Qaddafi <>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2021 11:45:06 +0100
Subject: Dear Partner,

Dear Partner,

I came across your contact during my private search Mrs Aisha
Al-Qaddafi is my name, the only daughter of late Libyan president, I
have funds the sum of $27.5 million USD for investment, I am
interested in you for investment project assistance in your country, i
shall compensate you 30% of the total sum after the funds are transfer
into your account, Reply me urgent for more details. Please kindly
respond quickly for further details through my private e_mail

Mrs Aisha Al-Qaddafi.

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