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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: "AYEESHA GADDAFI" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 06:23:22 +0530

I am Ayeesha Gaddafi the daughter of the former Libyan leader, Late Col.
Muammar Gaddafi. However, I was never in support of my fatherís position
in killing the Libyan
citizens. I am sending you this email in respect of my fatherís funds
that was deposited in my name in a reputable financial institute in India
and my father thought
the said funds have been seized before he died. Now the Government is
after me and trying to liquidate all my late fatherís funds.
I would need your assistance to move the funds out of this Bank and country to your
country based on the fact that, all our activities are presently
monitored and we cannot make any
trip out of Oman or get involved in any monetary issue or business
transaction, hence I seek your assistance. I will send more information
to you if you accept to
assist me. Right now the US
government has already seized $200 billion dollars of my late fatherís
wealth in the United State of
America and the British did the same too. So therefore, I am trying to
make sure they donít find the $500 million that is deposited in my name in India.
This is why I am trying to move the funds as soon as possible because
presently, I am in Oman under Government Protection Act, I
canít make that happen, and hence I contacted you.
I want you to know that I have a past and history to protect and I have
never supported my late father in his wrong ways that is why I want to
separate myself from the
family. I actually came across your contact information while using a
soft-ware called the internet web detective.
At this point I canít communicate with you on phone, but only by email as
we have restricted access. I will also want you to know that I have done
all that is
necessary for you to receive these funds without any problem or eyebrow.
As soon as I receive your email I will send you more information and also
the contact of the
financial institute in India to contact them and make further claims of
these funds to your possession and hold it till am out of this Country
for charity purpose in
your country. But please I want you to know that I am working with you
with full trust and honesty on this because the new Government of Libya
is seriously looking for
all funds under my late fatherís name.
The total fund is $500 Million and you shall have 30% of the total amount
for assisting me in making this transfer a success. I also want you to
know that there is no
legal implication of any kind or any unforeseen one and it is 100% risk
free and it is compulsory you keep every detail in this message
confidential and secretive
between us and the bank official that will  assist us. I also want you
to know that none of my relative know about these funds and it is an
inheritance from my
father and everyone thought that the funds had been seized. As soon as we
have the change of the account done to your name, then we can make
transfer of the funds in
bits and I would prefer the first transfer of $10M to your account before
subsequent transfer would be done.
Please, kindly get back to me on my email address below to enable me
forward you more information. We would need a change of ownership which I
would sign to that
effect immediately. Please, as a result of the present issue in Libya, I
would want you to keep this confidential because if the Government finds
out about the funds,
it would be confiscated. The transfer is 100% risk free as all the paper
works that would prove the legitimacy of the funds when it is transferred
into your
account,would be made available by the bank including the origin of funds
that would be issued as a contract payment.
Please only reply to the email address below for security reasons.
Ayeesha Gaddafi.

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