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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: mrsAisha <>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2022 13:37:13 -0800
Subject: I am interested in you for investment project assistance in your country

Dear Partner,

I came across your contact during my private search Mrs Aisha
Al-Qaddafi ismy name, the only daughter of late Libyan president, I
have funds the sum
of $27.5 million USD for investment.

I am interested in you for investment project assistance in your
country, i shall compensate you 30% of the total sum after the funds
are transfer into your account, Reply me urgent for more details.
Please kindly respond quickly for further details through myprivate

Mrs Aisha Al-Qaddafi.

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