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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: "Shukri Ghanem" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2023 17:29:01 -0700
Subject: please get back to me

Good day,
My name is Mr. Shukri Ghanem, a senior politician and Personal assistance to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and Ahmed Gaddafi al-Dam, one of the closest aides to the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi; I got your details through my private search. I am among the 10 senior figures in Colonel Gaddafi's regime that defected during the uprising to Britain.
Britain in talks with 10 more Gaddafi aides
Inner circle turn their backs on besieged Libyan dictator
I am presently in Surrey UK and I have a proposal for you, because from the look of things the British government might revoked the immunity given to us any time as soon as things are going by the news. We are still being watched and our movement is restricted. I am in Farnham Castle in Surrey, a conference centre, wedding venue and tourist attraction. So at the moment I do not possess the right to move about and do any transactions, as I will be arrested and prosecuted in an international court of justice.
In my possession right about now is my secured private internet connection and my private cell phone which I know would be safe for communicating with you, it is only with this two I am able to make contact with the outside world hence my reaching you by post due to the help of a security officer that works here in Farnham Castle in Surrey.
The above mentioned reasons are what have compelled me to write you this letter, as I seek to partner with a trustworthy person who can assist me in transferring some of my monetary assets and that of my Bosses worth about (USD) $30.000,000 (THIRTY MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLAR). This money has been lodged in a Private offshore bank account in the UK via the Bitcoin account system; it is a hard-to-trace form of electronic cash. Please keep my proposal confidential due to my current status because if anything goes wrong I and my family lives will be in jeopardy.
If you are interested in assisting me write to me via email  please be kind to get back to me if you are not interested so that I can further my search for another partner.
Thanks for your cooperation.
Mr Shukri Ghanem

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