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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (Rocketmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Safia Farkash Gaddafi" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2011 00:30:05 -0500
Subject: CONFIRM INTEREST
I am Safia Farkash Gaddafi, Second wife of Muammar Gaddafi. I have been a slave and brutally abused in my husband's house ever since i married him and i have been looking for a way out of the marriage. If i do when Col Muammar Gaddafi is still the leader of Libya he will kill me and my entire family. I am very happy that the people of Libya seek for a better Libya by protesting against Col Muammar Gaddafi which i am in full support of the protest but can not declare my support to avoid Muammar Gaddafi to kill me
Now that we have revolt in Libya, this is the best opportunity for me to run out of the hell marriage i got involved and live a better and free life. I succeeded in moving out $25.7M USD from my husband's underground safe which he accumulated from crude oil proceed to a bank escrow in Europe, due to the fact the UN, USA, EUROPEAN COMMITTEE have put sanction on Muammar Gaddafi and his family it is not wise for me to use my name as the depositor of the fund in the bank, so i decided to look for someone else not related to me or loyal Muammar Gaddafi as the depositor of the fund, that is why i am soliciting for your partnership to complete this transaction
I am willing to give you 40% of the sum for securing the fund. I will meet you where ever you want me to meet you as soon as you receive the fund for my 60% so that i can start a new and happy life
The Muammar Gaddafi will suffer the crime he committed against humanity and hope that the protect will crackdown his government. I will send you further information concerning the fund deposit and the bank as soon as i hear from you.
Please, if you are not interested do not disclose my intention so that it will not get to my husband, relatives or loyalist as he will burn me alive.
As soon as this transaction is completed i will leave Libya to meet you where ever you want me to come. This transaction is 100% safe on your side. I need HELP to get out of this marriage
If you are interested do get back to me for further information. You can also reach me at email@example.com
I wait to hear from you
Safia Farkash Gaddafi