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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 uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "my names are " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: cletus kalu <email@example.com>
Reply-To: cletus kalu <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:46:36 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Attention sir/madam,
Â Attention sir/madam,
Please I want you to exercise some patience reading through this mail enable you have good understanding, meanwhile I will appreciate you to ignore and delete this mail from your mail box if you are not interested beeing my partner for the investment project in your country, meanwhile I got your email contact from Google from people chamber of commerce Â while I was searching for a reliable and honest person that will partner with me for the investment project to whose ever it may concern countryÂ Introductions
My names are Aisha Gaddafi, 37, years the only biological daughter of late Libya president Gaddafi, I want to use this opportunity to inform you that I need a very honest and reliable person that can help me look for a profitable business/ company to invest into there in your country then you let me know while and provide account where I can transfer the sum of$27.200.000.00 us d for the investment in your countryÂ
Note you will have 30% of the total funds after the transfer of the funds to your account while I will further the process of the investment with remaining balanceÂ Please I will like to hear from you about the nature of the business to invest the money with and your experience, even if you are not interested in the business if you can assure me that my funds will be save once it is transferred Â into your account then you will still have the 30% of the total funds the sum $27.200.000.00 dollarsÂ
About me and the reason why I am now in Burkina Faso as you can read more in the linked belowÂ Please inter the link to read and know more about me and the reason why I contacted youÂ
I have an arrest warrant against my name after fleeing Libya when my father was deposed and then killed two years ago after 42 years in power.The western educated lawyer arrived in Algeria with other family members after my husband â an army general â was killed in the bombing raids which destroyed Gaddafiâs regime, leaving me as a single mother.
I was accorded a presidential residence in the south of the country.Algeriaâs ambassador to Libya confirmed last that Col Gaddafiâs widow and three of his children including Aisha, had left Algeria âa long time agoâ without giving further details.It has now emerged that Algerian authorities lost patience with me a onetime UN Goodwill Ambassador, after i kept vandalizing furniture and attacking guards out of rage over my fatherâs fate.
i ended up blaming Algeria for many of my problems, and also began as a result of this they accused me of starting fires in the house,â said a government source in Algiers.âShelves in the library went up in flames, as i regularly attacked army personnel looking after my safety.â The last straw was when the bleach blonde nicknamed the âClaudia Schiffer of North Africaâ destroyed a portrait of Algerian president Abdul Aziz Bouteflika, local newspaper Ennahar reported.For this sign they claim as disrespect i was kicked out of the country, eventually finding asylum in Britainâs Gulf ally,Â
Then i Aisha, Gaddafiâs widow, Sofia, and Mohammad and Hannibal, as well as their children, have all been living there since October 2012.We have been granted sanctuary on âhumanitarian groundsâ and our expenses are reportedly covered entirely by the Omani government.
The Gulf state has apparently turned a blind eye to the controversial pasts of family members wanted back home for squandering the wealth and privilege we enjoyed during the reign of my late father Colonel Gaddafi, who was deposed and killed in 2011This is why I travel down to Â this country Burkina Â Faso where I deposited the $27.200.000.00 us dollars Â looking Â for a trust worthy and honest person that have a very good experience Â in any good business where I can invest the funds that will turns good profit enable me to carry on with my life with my 3 kids I will be waiting to hear from you with good positive respond urgently concerning this issue enable us to proceed further without any delay it is not good to continue suffering with my Â kids as a widow