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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 Al-Qaddafi <>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2022 04:27:27 -0700
Subject: Mrs Aisha Al-Qaddafi.

Mrs Aisha Al-Qaddafi.
I came across your contact during my private search Mrs Aisha Al-Qaddafi is
my 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 my
private e_mail

Your Name....
Your home addresses ....
Your country ....
Your city ....
Your home telephone ....
Your private telephone ....
Your age ....
Your occupation ....
Your religion…
Your international passport or ID card ....

Thanks and my regards to your family.

Mrs Aisha Al-Qaddafi.

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