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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: Fri, 14 Apr 2023 21:34:49 +0200
Subject: Dear friend,

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

Dear friend,

I am sending my greetings to you from the Sultanate of Oman, In the capital
city of Muscat,

I came across your e-mail contact prior a private search while in need of
your assistance.

May i use this medium to open a mutual communication with you, and 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
and presently i am under political asylum protection by the Omani

I have funds worth "Eighteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United State
-$18.500.000.00 US Dollars which i want to entrust on you for investment
project 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 email address below:

Yours Truly Aisha

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