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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: eaisha <>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2021 11:50:56 +0100
Subject: Hello Dearest,

Hello Dearest,

I hope this letter meets you well but I am in pain while writting you
this email as my entire family have been subjected to humiliation
since the demise of my father late Col. Muammar Gaddafi who was a
target of Western Nations due to his dream and aspiration for Africa.

You might wonder why I am writting you this letter now? I have been
hiding from the watchful eyes of the enemies of my father but right
now, there is a deal I want you to execute with me which involves the
sum of $37Million Dollars and Gold situated in certain locations
alongside Diamond but I will tell you more as we proceed.

I will detail you once I hear from you and get in touch with me on

this email address(


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