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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr Taylor Brown" <>
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2004 16:24:09 +0100

Attn: Directors/Owners

My name is Taylor Brown, I am a resident in moronvia, the capital City of
Liberia. I was the honorable minister for special duties during Charles
Taylor?s government as the president of Liberia.

During the war,I decided to move out of my country through a neighbouring
country to the island of Mauritius near the Indian ocean for cover [Exile]
with my remaining family. I Urgently wish to invest in real estate properties
e.g. Houses, hotels and landed property in your country and any other lucrative
sphere of business you may deem fit and profitable.

Most importantly I urgently want to buy houses/properties so that I can
relocate my entire family because I do not intent to go back to my country

This is the reason why i am in contact with you as a 'FUNDS/PROPERTY MANAGER'.
On receipt of your positive response I shall forward to you more details
on the exact role that is required of you for the successful conclusion
of this transaction.

I am seeking for your assistance and co-operation. And if you feel you could
be of assistance, I shall need you to get back to me as soon as possible
via my private email:

( ).

I await your response.


Taylor Brown....

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