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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 Al-Gaddafi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2021 20:43:10 +0300

Hello Dear,

May I use this medium to open a mutual communication with you seeking your acceptance towards investing in your

country under your management as my partner, My name is Aisha Gaddafi and presently living in Oman, i am a Widow

and single Mother with two survived Children, I am only biological Daughter of late Libyan President (Late Colonel

Muammar Gaddafi) and presently i am under political asylum protection by the Omani Government. I have funds worth "Sixty Million United State Dollars Only"

$ 60,000,000.00 USD which i want to entrust on you for investment project in your country, if you are willing to

handle this project on my behalf, please for your kind assistance I will offer you 30% of the total amount, 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 were deposited with the security and deposit firm as a household effect, therefore they do not

know the real content, so you are going to collect the consignment as a house effect from the security company

where as only you and me know the real content Please kindly reply urgently to enable me provides you more detail to start

the transfer process. In case you want to know more about me and my family you

can read through this BBC News links below:

I shall appreciate your urgent response.

Mrs. Aisha Al-Gaddafi

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