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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: Mrs Aisha Gaddafi <>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2022 09:26:14 -0700

Please bear with me. I am writing this letter with tears and sorrow
from my heart. Let me 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 three
Children, the 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 " Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand United State
Dollars" -usd$7M.500.000.00 US Dollars which I want to entrust to you
for investment projects in your country. If you are willing to handle
this project on my behalf, kindly reply urgent to enable me provide
you more details to start the transfer process, I shall appreciate
your urgent response through my private email address below:

You can know more through the BBC news links below:

Yours Truly Aisha

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