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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: Aisha Gaddafi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Aisha Gaddafi <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:19:12 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Hello Sir/Madam,
Please I want you to exercise some patience reading through this
mail enable you have good understanding, meanwhile I will appreciate
Â youto 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 data baseÂ 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 country
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, and provide account where I can transfer
the sum of$27.200.000.00 usD for the investment in your country
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 balance 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 transferredÂ into your account then
you will still have the 30% of the total funds the sum $27.200.000.00
About me and the reason why I am now in Burkina Faso as you can read
more in the linked below Please inter the link to read and know more
about me and the reason why I contacted you
Â 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
and with all he has labored for me. Our investments and bank accounts in
several countries are their targets to freeze as some have been already
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 country.
If this transaction interest you, you donât have to disclose it to
any body because of what is going on with my entire family, if the
united nation happens to know this account,they will freezing it as they
so keep this transaction for yourself only until wefinalize it.I want to
transfer this money into your account immediately
for onward investment in your country because I donât want the united
nation to know about this account that deposited in my account here in
burkina faso which the sum is($27.2) Millions US Dollars!
My dear one i feel you are only one who can help me in this problem.
Therefore if you are capable of running an establishment and can
maintain the high level of secrecy required in this project, kindly
respond to me as soon as possible so we can proceed further because i
need to come over to your country with my children for safety.
I will be waiting to hear from you.
Yours .Aisha Gaddafi,