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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: Lois Taylor <>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:24:28 +0100


Sorry for this unsolicited email. I got your contact from my
subsidiary group in your country.. In fact I was discussing with the
group on the general business atmosphere in your country and other
surrounding sub regional markets when your company was mentioned among
several others that can be trusted in terms of business relationship.
However I was trying to solicit for your assistance and cooperation in
respect of possibility to relocate UN-clarified and undocumented fund
over seas for investment on high yields without traces to the fund

I was recently in Mauritania for an exhibition and I was chanced to
meet one Ms Aisha El Sanussi (one of the surviving daughters of the
Abdallah El Sanussi the former chief security adviser to late Libyan
leader Gadaffi) who is currently in detention in Libya. We
coincidentally met in an exclusively secluded Arab restaurant in
Nouakchott and she mistook me for a lesbian that she happens to be a
chronic practitioner and we cordially engaged in a “close to the
chest” conversation when she knew I was a Ghanaian. As I became quite
curious due to the fact of her parentage (daughter of El Sanussi),

I pretended to be a co-lesbian and our conversation became very
intimate to the point that she opted to confide in me. The amiable but
distressed beautiful lady disclosed to me in confidence that she had
in collaboration with her other siblings during the epic of late
Gadaffi’s last lap em-battlement with the opposition in Libya
successfully moved a sum of US$50m to Ghana through the assistance of
a former Libyan Diplomat then based in Ghana during the late Leader’s
reign. Ms Aisha El Sanussi went further to reveal to me that the fund
is currently in a safe keeping deposit vault of a financial
institution in Ghana. She was however circumspect with disclosing
further details regarding the current status of the fund in focus
including the name of the bank where the cash fund was kept.

Due to the trust she already developed in me more so when she
considered me a veritable sex partner, Ms Aisha El Sanussi did solicit
my assistance to source for a trusted investor that could be in
position to assist the embattled family to relocate the fund over seas
for investment. She directed me to her second cousin (a sheik) who is
currently hiding out in a secluded location in Ghana. The sheik is
being shielded from public cynosure by a high ranking public figure in
the ruling NDC party here who was a very close friend of the late
Libyan strong man. In my opinion, I considered your personality as a
neutral foreigner without any previous relationship with the El
Sanussi’s family as being very appropriate for the planned relocation
of the fund over seas without traces.

I was assured of adequate compensation for your assistance and
cooperation upon successful accomplishment of the planned financial
endeavor. I have been opportune also to have held a very brief meeting
with the sheik in an UN-disclosed location in respect of the subject
matter and he seemed quite amiable just like her cousin even though he
barely speaks English. We spoke through an Arab translator and he
confirmed his readiness to cooperate with any of my accomplice that
would be very trustful and confidential in handling of the planned
transaction due to the very nature and peculiar circumstances of the
fund from source. Please do endeavor to keep this transaction
confidential, even if you do not wish to be involved. I will wait to
receive from you regarding this matter including your suggestion on
the way forward. You can however reach me on this email address: or my telephone number

My regards,
Mrs Lois Taylor

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