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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:
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Miss. Ayesha Gaddafi" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:32:30 +0200
Subject: Urgent Respond from Miss. Ayesha Gaddafi
I am Miss. Ayesha Gaddafi, one of the daughters of the embattled
president of Libya, 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 wants to destroy my
father at all costs. 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 to private account with my late brother who
was killed by NATO air strike, for a possible investment in your
If this transaction interest you, you donât 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 in the huge amount of( 35.5 Millions)
,immediately for onward investment in your country because I donât
united nation to know about this account.
Therefore if you are capable of running an establishment and can
maintain the high level of secrecy required in this project, kindly
respond with the following information for detailsof
1. Your full names and address
2. Your private telephone and fax numbers
3. Your private email address
4. Age and profession