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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: Aisha Muhammad Abu Minyar Gaddafi <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:25:14 +0100
Subject: We are not allowed to make transfer.

Dear Friend,

I am Aisha Muammar Gaddafi, I am writing this mail with tears and
sorrow from my heart asking for your urgent help, I got your contact
via internet while 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 from any source.

Yesterday I received an urgent email from one of 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 ($7.5million) deposited by my brother
late Khamis Gaddafi abroad.

If you can be of any assistant to me kindly get back to me immediately
so that I can furnish you with the bank and the deposit details for
you to contact them and transfer the ($7.5million) into your account
as the new beneficiary. Further information will be revealed to you as
soon as I get your response to this mail.

Warmest Regards,
Aisha Muhammad Abu Minyar Gaddafi

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