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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 11:56:51 -1200
Subject: Hello dear, I need investment partner.

Hello dear, I need investment partner.


I came across your e-mail contact prior to a private
search while in need of your assistance. I am Mrs. Aisha Al-Gaddafi, the
only biological Daughter of Former President of Libya Col. Muammar
Al-Gaddafi. Am a single Mother and a Widow with three Children.

I have investment funds worth twenty seven Million Five Hundred Thousand
United State Dollar ($27.500.000.00 ) and i need a trusted investment
Manager/Partner because of my current refugee status, however, I am
interested in you for investment project assistance in your country,
may be from there, we can build business relationship in the nearest

Your Urgent Response Will Be Appreciated.

Yours faithfully.
Mrs. Aisha Al-Gaddafi.

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