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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: "Mrs. Safia Farkash Gadhafi" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:10:46 +0200

How are you today? Please consider this mail from a sincere woman with good faith. May I introduce myself as Mrs. Safia Farkash Gadhafi, The wife of the late Libyan Leader Colonel Muammar Gadhafi? Following the rebellion in my country and the brutal death of my husband on the 20th of Oct 2011, I have been thrown into a state of utter confusion, frustration and hopelessness; I have been subjected to physical and psychological torture by the security agents in Algeria where we seek refuge at present.
My son was killed by the rebels for an offense he did not commit. As a widow that is so traumatized, I have almost lost confidence with anybody within the continent. You must have heard over the media reports and the internet on the recovery of various huge sums of money deposited by my husband in different security firms abroad, some companies willingly gave up their secrets and disclosed our money confidently kept in their custody for just outright blackmail to the Gadhafi family.
Just last year (precisely on Sunday Jun 2, 2013) the international news have reported that Libyan government officials  arrived South Africa to enquire on the possibility of repatriating more than $1Billion dollars what of cash and investment of my late husband back to Libya. The delegates which  is about to conclude their deliberation  also gave all the banks and finance houses including security company holding my Husbandís (Gadhafi) fund to hands up their possession, read Johannesburg Reuters 2013Ė Sun, Jun 2.
I have therefore sort your assistant to help me move the sum of $24.5Million (Twenty Four Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only) out of South Africa where it was lodged in a security trust company for safe keeping before the fall of my husbandís government. This fund was lodged in the name of my Son who was also killed during the fight for power in Libya. At least if I can be able to secure this fund for my grandchildren who have nothing to hold on as we currently live In Algeria.
If you make up your mind to help me in this process, I will like you to contact our attorney in south Africa Mr. Thompson Moroloto, he will be the one to furnish you with all detail information you need and facilitate the arrangement with you in south Africa, In case you don't accept this proposal, please do not let me out to the security as I am giving you this information in total trust and confidence. I will appreciate your timely suggestion and interest over this matter. Please contact him directly on:
Thanks in anticipation for your kind understanding,
Best Regards
Mrs.Safia Farkash Gadhafi :

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