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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 Gaddafi" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2021 22:19:19 -0700
Subject: Hello Dear,


Hello Dear,

Greetings, my name is Mrs.Aisha Gaddafi, the telex manager in charge

of Audit Foreign Remittance Unity, bank in Burkina Faso, It is true

that we have not meet each other in person, but I strongly believe in

trust and friendship in every business i do. As I am contacting you

independently of my investigation in our bank and no one is informed

of this communication. My reason for contacting you is to transfer an

abandoned sum of ($10.5 million US-Dollars) immediately to your private

bank account, The money has been here in our Bank lying dormant for

years, without anybody coming for the claim of it, reply back for

more details.

Best Regards

Mrs.Aisha Gaddafi.

Telex Manager.

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