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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: "SAFIA GHADAFFI" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2012 23:04:29 -0700
Subject: Dear Friend

Dear Friend,

Please Do not Make mockery of my situation,My name is SAFIA MOMMAR Gaddafi (wife) to the slain Libyan Dictator Col Mommar Gaddafi.The Mother of Mohammed and Aisha ,During this Saga that went on in my country(libya) due to my husband selfish and wicked Government ,I seriously warned my Husband to hand over this government to the Libyans since he has ruled this people for several years but he refused because i am only a woman and can not change His wicked Ways,My husband before i married him was a Good and God Fearing person which made me married him and beared this lovely children for him ,but Today i am surprised that my husband became the most wicked man in the world.Any way May his Gentle Soul rest in Peace.My Children and I are presently in Algeria where we seeked refuge during this battle in libya,Before we left Libya We had several attacked by armed men on our way and I have been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. It has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few

Though we are very rich, I was never generous, I was always hostile to people due to my Husband directives ,evil ways and only focused on him alone as that was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this as I now know that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money in the world. I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this world, I would live my life a different way from how I have lived it.Please Do always Pray for me for God to receive me Back to Life again in Heaven.

Now that God is about to call me, I have willed and given most of my property and assets to my immediate and extended family members as well as few close friends .I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, I have decided to give arms to charity organizations and those in Need, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth.To safe my remaining children out of unforseen predicament.

So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations when I was well. Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself anymore. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and distribute the money which I have there to charity organization in United States, Asia, Middle East & Europe; they refused and kept the money to themselves.

Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left for them. The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of Thirty Eight Million United States Dollars ($38, 000,000.00) that I have with an Asset Management / Vaulting Company Abroad. I would want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatch it to charity organizations and use it to help those in Need and also use part of it to help my children only with Basic Education as i want them never to go through their fathers evil way but Gods way Only.40% of this funds must go to victims of Flood in Japan, Haiti earthquake, Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina , Hurricane Wilma and South Asia Earthquake, 40% to other Charity Organizations around the World and 20% for your effort and time.

I cannot talk with you on the phone due to my health situation,and presently Government is monitoring my telephone conversations but with time i will make effort to Ring you once atlist to hear your voice as I am using my LapTop Computer to communicate with you.
You should respond to this e-mail if you are interested in carrying out this assignment on my behalf.
May the peace of God be with you.I need some one who is dedicated to help the masses and do do the will of the lord.

Mrs.Safia Mummar Gadaffi

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