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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:
- "hundred thousand united state dollars" (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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Mrs Aisha Gaddafi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2021 17:18:18 -0700
Subject: Assalamu Alaikum dear partner,
Assalamu Alaikum dear partner,
My name is Aisha Gaddafi the only biological Daughter of Late Colonel
Muammar Gaddafi, former Libyan President, I'm a Widow with three
Children, presently living in Oman as a refugee with my three
children, i have been under political asylum protection by the
Government of Oman however, I have funds worth "Twenty Seven Million
Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars" $27.500.000.00 US
Dollars which i want to entrust on you for investment project in your
country or your company.
I am willing to negotiate an investment/business profit sharing ratio
with you based on the future investment earning profits, If you are
willing to handle this project on my behalf, kindly reply to me
urgently to enable me to provide you with more information about the
Hope to hear from you for more details.
Mrs Aisha Gaddafi