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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: "Dr. Aisha" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 07:11:14 -0800
Subject: Get Back To ASAP!!

Dear Friend,

It is nice to communicate with you.I am Dr. aisha Gaddafi Daughter of the formal Libya president that was killed by America ( Muammar Gaddafi ). As you should be aware I am currently residing in Oman, unfortunately as a fugitive because the Oman government brought me and my family in under strict conditions that undermine my freedom .
At the meantime, my family wealth is the target of Western nations led by America who wants to seize all that my late father has acquired at all costs. Most of our investments and bank accounts in several countries are their targets to freeze .
As you may know since after the death of my father, the governments of the west and united states have seized our monies and assets that are traceableyou can see for yourself below :

However We still have secret deposits of private safe boxes of cash deposited in security companies abroad and some open beneficiary bank accounts that are not traceable to my family name. I intend to appoint you as my trustee to receive some funds and invest them on my behalf while we make arrangement for my arrival to join you.
Please indicate your interest by replying with your data and direct telephone number so that I can connect you with the attorney that will arrange the process of the funds transfer to you.

Truly Yours

Aisha Gaddafi

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