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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-Qaddafi <>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 16:49:40 +0100
Subject: My Dear Friend,

I came across your e-mail contact prior to a private search while in
need of a trusted person. My name is Mrs. Aisha Gaddafi, a single
Mother and a Widow with three Children. I am the only biological
Daughter of late Libyan President (Late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi)I have
a business Proposal for you worth $27.5Million dollars and I need
mutual respect, trust, honesty, transparency, adequate support and
assistance, Hope to hear from you for more details.
Warmest regards

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