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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: "AISHA GADDAFI" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2017 16:30:55 +0100

Beloved ,
I am Aisha Gaddafi, former Libyan United Nation Ambassador. I presently live in the country
within the Middle east called Oman, I was the UN Ambassador during my late father's reign
as president of Libya. After leaving the UN responsibility, I started my own business worth
USD200,000,000  after I was able to reclaim some of my late father's funds in foreign
accounts. If you are interested, I am looking for a reliable and trust worthy partner whom I
am offering 30% shares in the business and who has knowledge in finance or international
If it will interest you to be partner in the business. please contact me for details at
( with your name, Age, Country and Phone numbers and I can
send you a soft copy of the company's portfolio detailing our operations for you to go through
and see when you receive the funds on my behalf.I see you as an honest person and will like
to work together with you, I like your country it is a tourist location.
Thanks as I await your kind response
With love,
Aisha. Gaddafi.

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