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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: "Mrs. Ayesha Mustafa Ali" <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 06:59:09 +0200

Attention Sir,

My name is Mrs. Ayesha Mustafa Ali from Libya and also a reputed Woman
in Libyan government who deny the evil of late Gaddafi the Libya
leader whom had coercion Libyan people to be under his regime When
average people survive with $2 per day.

Libya is the second oil producing country in the entire surface of
this Earth but her citizens live in poorest condition according to
international standard.

I write this to see if you could help me to keep the sum of
USD$10,500,000.00 Million with you for my Kids as most of our House
and asset is taking by Gaddafi loyalist when he was alive. I am not
sure if I would live more but in case anything happens to me I would
like you to help me keep USD$10,500,000.00 which is right here as i
write for my Kids since I might not survive this situation Aftermath.

I have a relation who is an army official and a loyalist to Gaddafi
that will help me in the transfer of these money and give back to my
kids when the right time Come. My kids names are A'shadieeyah, Aadila,

But my husband Ali was shut when he announced his resignation when
Gaddafi was alive. What you are to do is take 30% of this money and
keep the rest for my Kids in case I couldn?t make it. If you accept to
help me
please provide information on Where this money were to be send and how
you can pick up. All Arrangement and process to transfer the money is

I know this is unconstitutional asking this favor from you but been a
human being Consider Libyan people on this scenario .This is worst
tragedy and inhuman Treatment and infringement in people?s life and
freedom. If you do consider Helping me email me back because I can't
answer a phone call at this Juncture as all calls is monitored by the
tyrant and United Nations. I will anticipate and appreciate your
immediate acceptance to help me. I will update you in furtherance to
get the money out from here.

If you are intrested Please send your full names, direct telephone
numbers, and physical address, more details will be given upon your

Your quick response will be highly appreciated.

Finally, If you are intrested I will attached my Passport, Picture of
my children,
Remain Bless.
Mrs. Ayesha Mustafa Ali

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