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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: "Kabore Germaine" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2005 19:26:58 -0700
Subject: For your kind attention

From Mr Kabore Germaine,
Cheras Kuala Lumpur ,
Malaysia .
In my careful search for an honest, reliable and sincere business partner, I got your contact from internet and I ask if you can be trusted not to break an agreement? Still, it took me time to make up my mind to contact you and to offer you this proposal of mine of which my whole life depends on.

My name is Mr.Kabore Germaine, the son of Mr. Hasan AL shareif of blessed memory, During the crises against the President Sadam Huseni`s in Iraqi to outcast him and his party members and his followers, an order was given to all the iraquis under Sadam to surrender . My father being One of the most successful banker in our country and because he did not support the ideas, he was killed along the side with his driver, my mother and my two sisters on their way to Jordan boder.

Before his death, my father had deposited with a FINANCE house in ASIA the sum of (USD $6.5 MILLION). After the death of my father, I decided to move out of Jordan to Malaysia where the money was deposited and re-located under political asylum as a refugee to seek for foreign partner overseas that will assist me to move this money out of the FINANCE house here to your country as I have made up my mind to invest and live in your country.

I accept to offer you 7% of the total sum for your assistance as soon as the money gets into your account while 5% will be mapped out for any expenses that may be incurred in the course of this transaction both local and international.

I want truth and honest to be our watch word in this transaction and please treat this transaction with strictly confidentiality for successful out come of it. All I want you to do is to send me your personal phone and fax numbers and also your private e-mail address for easy and urgent communication. Note that this transaction is 100% risk free and requires absolute confidentiality.

and God bless you.
Mr.Kabore Germaine

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