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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: "AYESHA GHADDAFFI" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2012 12:10:09 +0100

Hello Dear,

I am Ayesha Gaddafi, I am writing this mail with tears and sorrow from my heart asking for your help at this time, I got your contact view internet searching for a trustworthy person who will understand my present conditions and come to my rescue here in Algeria ( . I have passed through pains and sorrowful moment since the death of my father Muhammad Abu Minyar Gaddafi former leader of Libya and brothers, all our Foreign and local accounts have been blocked by the western countries and we are not allowed to make transfer or receive money from any country or source.Please, view the website:


Yesterday I received an urgent email from our confidential attorney that the security Vaults abroad that both their government and new Libya government are tracing hidden deposit and assets deposited by my family, I don't want them to be aware of this particular fund (US$60.5million) deposited by my brother late Khamis Gaddafi abroad. If you can be of any assistant to me kindly get back as to furnish you with the company and the deposit details so that you can contact them so that they will transfer the total sum of (US$ 60,500,000.00 M) Sixty Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars into your account as the new beneficiary, I am willing to reward you bountiful 30%.

I'm happy peace has been restored in Libya ,i pray one day i will travel back to my country.I cannot talk to you on phone because all telephone conversion are monitor by the Algeria 's Government and the new Libya Government.

Please, keep this offer safe,secret and confidential.Now if you find it in your heart to assist us, i want you to contact our confidential family attorney[Mohammed Khalid of Mohammedkhalid chambers] who is resident in London-United Kingdom.Please do contact him with the following information so that he can intimate you on the needful thing to do to secure the fund into any safe account which you may nominate.The re required information is thus:

Your full names...........................

Your Contact address and Nationality...............................

Your Dedicated phone and Fax numbers...................................

Your sex age and occupation......................................................

The attorney's full contact information is thus:


Please i do hope that you will not betray this trust which i am reposing on you.Please my family have suffered an untold hardship and your mutual assistance will avert more pains.

Warmest Regards,

Ayesha Gaddafi

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