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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: Same Uko <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 11:07:31 +0100
Subject: I seek for your help in the name of Islam.


I am Miss.Aisha El Gaddafi, one of the daughters of the late embattled
president of Libya (Col.M.Gaddafi) I am currently residing in one of
the African Countries, unfortunately as a refugee. At the meantime, my
family is the target of Western nations led by Nato who lead the death
of my father at all costs and Our investments and bank accounts in
several countries are their targets to freeze.

I have been commissioned to contact an interested foreign
investor/partner who will be able to take absolute control of part of
the vast cash available in a private account that my late father open
as one of his secrete account before his sudden death by the western
world. Many assets and funds belonging to my late father Colonel
Gaddafi are being frozen by western government, as you can see on the
following links:


If this transaction interest you, kindly reply me back immediately
formore details on how to execute the project.

Please one more very important thing here, is that you don't have to
disclose it to any body because of what is going with my entire
family, if the united nation happens to know this account, they will
freezing it as they freeze others so keep this transaction for
yourself only until we finalize it. I want to transfer this money into
your account immediately for onward investment in your country because
I don't want the united nation to know about this account of which you
are aware of my family problems.

Amount deposit is sum of US$ 18.5 Eighteen Million five
hundredthousand in bank at Burkina Faso Called (ECO-BANK).

Therefore if you are capable of running an establishment and
canmaintain the high level of secrecy required in this project,
kindlyreply with the following information for details of
the project.

You are advice to contact me immediately ( for
more details.

1. Your full names and address
2. Your private telephone and fax numbers
3. Your private email address
4. Age and profession

Miss.Aisha El Gaddafi

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