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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- ",500,000" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Aisha Gaddafi." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 24 Nov 2019 09:06:05 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Dear Friend please makes good use of this donation,
Dear Friend please makes good use of this donation,
My name is Aisha Gaddafi. I am the only biological Daughter of late Libyan President (Late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi) I wish to build an orphanage home in your country for the fatherless and motherless children.
Dearest beloved I have been suffering from serious cancer for a long time, few days ago mine private doctor informed me that I have few days to live. After considering all the inheritance that I got from my late beloved father the late Libyan leader Gaddafi, I decided to share Mine inheritance to the poor and also to help humanity and society at large.
I have been affected with cancer of the lung and breast I also had partial Stroke which has affected my speech, I can no longer talk well and half of my body is paralyzed, I send this email to you with the help of my private female nurse who is typing my request at India cancer research facility. My condition is really deteriorating and is quite obvious that I may not live more than 3 weeks, because the cancer stage has gotten to its 3rd stage.
After my Doctor Notice, I have decided to divide part of my fortune by contributing to the Charities & Motherless and fatherless children. Thou I do not know you but I am contacting you with the hope that you will be able to carry out my wish for the sake of humanity am willing to Donate the sum of ?10,500,000.00, Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand, Great Britain Pound to the poor through you . I deposited these funds in my offshore bank account in Spain as I have ten offshore bank Account throughout the world, I have also made some cash donations to
Orphanage children in Somalia, Syria, Ethiopian, Cambodia, Philippines, South Sudan and some in South Africa and Europe.
If you are willing and able to do this task for the sake of humanity, then send me below information for more details to receive the funds.
2. Phone number.....................
May GOD guide you.
Mrs. Aisha Gaddafi.