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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 Al-Gaddafi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2013 03:22:05 +0100
Subject: Please Response Needed

Greetings in the name of Allah,

I want to indulge your humble person to read through this letter written by

I am Aisha Gaddafi (Al-Qahsi), the Daughter of late Col. Muammar Gaddafi former Libya Leader who died on October 20, 2011. I have the believe and understanding that my late father’s death was masterminded by international community base on the role my late Father has shown to the western world over his leadership in our country Libya . They have taken all that I suffered and saved for since his death including some of my treasure, houses and bank accounts closed by the new Government.

I want to escape to one of the Caribbean countries to fight for the cause of my father’s death through one of the world known lawyer, but again they conspired and seized my international passport and other traveling documents to further frustrate me. Two weeks ago, I received Key Text Code (KTC) from one SECURITIES COMPANY, that my deposited U.S $35.7 Million (Thirty Five Million seven Hundred Thousand United State Dollars)

It has therefore, become very necessary and urgent to contact someone, a foreigner like you to help me receive/secure these funds overseas and to help invest it on my behalf as well, while I find a way of getting out to meet with you in your country.

These funds are kept on a CODE with the Securities Company to avoid detection, seizure or diversion but with a standing order or specific instruction to release the fund to me in person or my proxy if I am not able to be there. This is why I have contacted you to help save my situation, receive these funds on my behalf. But you will need to give me sufficient assurance that if you help me, you will not divert or abscond with the funds. I have resolved to give you 25% of the total sum. This is all I have got to live on.

Please, I have reposed my confidence in you and hope you will not disappoint me.

I will give you the master-plan of the transaction immediately I receive a favorable response from you.

Looking forward to your urgent response.

Best Personal Regards.
Aisha Al-Gaddafi (Al-Qahsi).

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