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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: Aisha Gaddafi <>
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2022 06:59:31 -0700
Subject: IN GOD I TRUST,

Dear Friend..

In the name of Allah the Merciful Peace be upon you and God's mercy
and blessings be upon you.I am sending this message to you from Oman,
In the city of Muscat.

Aisha Gaddafi is my name, I am 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 “Twenty Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand United
State Dollars” -$27.500.000.00 US Dollars which I want to entrust to
you for an investment project in your country. If you are willing to
handle this project on my behalf, kindly reply urgently to enable me
provide you with more details to start the transfer process.

Yours Truly Aisha Gaddafi

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