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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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 next of kin scam.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Ms. Ayesha Gaddafi" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2018 14:36:38 +0300
Subject: THANK GOD I FOUND YOU...PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE
My Dearest Friend how are you today? I hope my mail meet you in good condition of health. I am writing this mail to you with tears and sorrow from my heart with due respect to humanity and trust, please I appeal to you to exercise a little patience and read through my mail carefully. I feel quite safe dealing with you in this important issue having gone through your remarkable profile. I decided to contact you due to the urgency of my present situation here in Burkina Faso refugee camp for your rescue and I need you to personally assist me in business investment venture/project establishment in your country as my foreign partner as well as my legal appointed trustee.
I am Ayesha Muammar Gaddafi, the only daughter of the embattled late president of Libya, Hon. Muammar Gaddafi. I am currently residing in Burkina Faso unfortunately as a refugee. I am writing this mail with tears and sorrow from my heart asking for your urgent help. I have passed through pains and sorrowful moment since the death of my late father. At the meantime, my family is the target of Western nations led by NATO who wants to destroy my late father memories at all costs. Our investments and bank accounts in several countries are their targets to freeze. My father of blessed memory deposited the sum of (GBP£8.5 Millions British Pounds) IN LLOYD'S BANK United Kingdom which he used my name as the next of kin. Therefore if you are capable of running an establishment and can maintain the high level of secrecy required in this project, I will offer you 30% of the total fund while 70% will be for me.
The fund has been over due for the past one years and since then the bank has been disturbing my fathers lawyer while he disturbs me to present an interested foreign investor/partner who can stand as my trustee and receive the fund in his account for a possible investment in his country due to my refugee status here in Burkina Faso.
I am in search of an honest and reliable person who will help me and stand as my trustee so that I will present him to my fathers lawyer and the bank for the transfer of the fund to his bank account overseas. I have chosen to contact you after my prayers and I believe that you will not betray my trust. But rather take me as your own sister or daughter. If this transaction interest you, you don't have to disclose it to anybody because of what is going on with my entire family because if the united nation happens to find out about this account, they will freeze it as they froze others. So please keep this transaction only to yourself until we finalize it.
Apologetic for my pictures I will enclose it in my next mail and more about me when I hear from you okay. Please kindly get back to me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information
1. Your full names and address
2. Your private telephone
3. Your private email address
4. Age and profession
5. Your Country
Ms. Ayesha M. Gaddafi,
I await your soonest response