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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: "SON" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:56:40 -0000

I waited for 2 years before I can make this sensitive move because of security reason on this issue and since i noticed that the coast is cleared i decided to send out this message to you.
I want this letter to be secret and confidential and I want you to get back to me if you are willing to help or not so that I can know the next step to be taken and I pleaded for your emotional, financial and moral support to me and the remaining member of my family.
As you have read on medians about my family all you saw or read was not true but that is left for you to make a decisive on assisting me and my family.
I am Saadi Gaddafi, the third son of Late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
I am very shocked and outraged by the vicious brutality which accompanied the murders of my father and brother. The contradictory statements issued by the National Transitional Council, the provisional authority of the Libyan Republic(NTC) excusing these barbaric executions and the grotesque abuse of the corpses make it clear that no person affiliated with the former regime or my family will receive a fair trial in Libya, nor will they receive justice for crimes committed against them.
I am presently in Niger and in early September I was given leave to remain on humanitarian grounds by the authorities.
Before this “WAR” started in February 2011, my father arranged with a security company to moved huge sum of money (FOR SECURITY REASONS I WILL NOT WANT TO MENTION THE AMOUNT) which we got from sale of oil and it was moved through a diplomatic means to a security firm.
This money was kept in the security company as solid gold and it was deposited with another names which makes it very difficult to anybody to know that the trunk boxes belongs to my family.
The security firm gave my father the deposit certificate and deposition Tag number.
This very consignments, I can reliably inform you that it contains a solid US DOLLARS CASH. The boxes is with a security firm and it was deposited by one of my late father’s worker late diplomat Frank Gary, who was killed 2 days before those hooligans killed my father and the security firm did not know the content of the boxes and you should not disclose it to them.
Sir, I am soliciting for your assistance to enable you receive this money and keep it till I finally gain my freedom.
On the receipt of your acceptance of my proposal I will send you the necessary information to enable you contact and claim the trunks boxes.
(1) How many percentage do you intend to take based on your assistance. And you should feel free to get back to me base on this.
(2) Include your private telephone number and fax for to enhance the confidentiality of this Business.
I will inform you the next line of action as soon as I received your positive response and I urged you to make sure that you keep this email message secrete and confidential since all our family assets are been seized and account are frozen.
I am assuring you that this business will be 100% risk free only if you adhere with my instructions and that of the security firm.
Finally for security reasons I will not speak to you on phone for the time been.
Saadi Gaddafi.

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