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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 Gaddafi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 9 May 2017 06:15:54 +0100
Subject: Greetings

Asalamalakum? Greetings,
I am Safia Farkash, wife of late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
I am desperately looking for a foreign reliable partner whom I can trust to handle some funds on our behalf $15 Million. A deposit was made one time ago by my late husband in one of the security Companies in United Kingdom in my name .
The western world have freezed most of our assets and funds bearing Gaddafi's name anywhere in the world Consequently, The U.S. alone has seized $30billion (18.5bn) of their investments, while Canada has frozen $2.4bn (1.5bn), Austria, $1.7bn (1bn) and the UK, $1bn ($600m).
This is how our assets are been frozen here and there, even it is more than this but Allah will vindicate me. our status/position of the present state does not permit us to open an account or run any huge financial business at the moment, hence I contacted you to claim the funds. The necessary Legal documents will be changed to your name to enable the release of the funds to you by the financial Company. Your assistance will enable us invest the funds in your country.
But before we proceed you will promise me that you will not betray or abscond with the funds when it eventually released to you. I will furnish you with more info as soon as I hear your response indicating your interest to partner with me. At present I don't receive or make calls for security reason (s) as it is being monitored .All communication is based on internet.
Waiting for  your prompt and positive response.
Mrs.Safia Farkash Gaddafi

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