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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." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2022 10:18:27 -0700
Subject: Inquiry for Investment.

Inquiry for Investment.
Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,
Dear Friend,
I came across your e-mail contact prior a private search while in need of
your assistance. My name is 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 an investment funds worth Twenty Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand
United State Dollar ($27,500,000.00 ) and i need an investment
Manager/Partner and because of the asylum status i will authorize you the
ownership of the funds, however, I am interested in you for investment
project assistance in your country, may be from there, we can build a
business relationship in the near future.
I am willing to negotiate investment/business profit sharing ratio with you
base on the future investment earning profits.
If you are willing to handle this project kindly reply urgent to enable me
provide you more information about the investment funds.
Your Urgent Reply Will Be Appreciated Please Reply me in my box:
Best Regards.
Mrs Aisha Gaddafi.

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