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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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Fraud email example:

From: "" <>
Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2011 23:56:29 +0530 (IST)
Subject: From Madam. Safia Farkash Gaddafi

>From Madam. Safia Farkash Gaddafi

Dear One

In the name of God the Beneficent; the Merciful,the Master of the day of Judgement , I greet you in the name of God

I am Safia Farkash Gaddafi, Second wife of late Muammar Gaddafi. I have been a slave and brutally abused in my late husband's house and family ever since i married him and i have been looking for a way out of the marriage I thank Allah that i am presently in Cote d' Ivoire now with my daughter Aisha and son and even as the news of his death on 20th of October 2011 came to us. I and my children feel the shock of his death and son late Mustassim Gaddafi but at the sometime we are grateful to Allah that we finally have our freedom from his hands and his loyalist because people of Libya is now free from a horror rule of 42yrs of government.

This is the best opportunity for me to run out of the hell marriage i got involved to live a better and free life. I succeeded in moving out $12.5 Million from my late husband's underground safe which he accumulated from crude oil etc ,and the money was move to a

finance company in Cote d'Ivoire, due to the fact the UN, USA, EUROPEAN COMMITTEE have put sanction on late Muammar Gaddafi and his family it is not wise for me to use my name as the depositor of the fund in the finance company, so i decided to look for someone else not related to me or loyal to late 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% share so that i can start a new and happy life.

The late Muammar Gaddafi life have come to end and he paid with his life and son the crimes he committed against humanity and i know that people of Libya under NTC will conduct election for the first time since 42yrs now that the enemy is dead. I will send you further information concerning the fund deposit in finance company 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 late husband, relatives or loyalist as they will burn me alive with my entire family.
As soon as this transaction is completed i will leave Cote d'Ivoire to meet you where ever you want me to come. This transaction is 100% safe on your side. I need your help urgently because we do not have time to delay this.

If you are interested do get back to me for further information on my private email I wait to hear from you

>From Madam Safia Farkash Gaddafi

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