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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: "Jewel Taylor" <>
Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2005 10:21:38 +0000

Dear Beloved,
With all sincerity and humility, it is with deep pains i write you this
message of wishful assistance to my predicament. I am Mrs Jewel Taylor the
estranged wife to the former president of Liberia who was asked by a
unanimous decision by the international community to step down from the
corridors of power.

I write you this mail under duress and as a result of my recent decision to
better my life and that of my children. I have made a decision which i know
might not be too good in the sight of men but the present situation has led
me to this decision to better the lives of my children.

Currently i have decided to make do with the sum of $20m (Twenty Million
United States Dollars) belonging to my husband in which i am a benefiaciary
to, i have decided to relocate with your assistance to your private account
the said sum. My decision was reached when i could not conceive the thought
that after the United States Government has promised to let my husband go
free based on the condition that he should step down voluntarily from power,
Mr. Collin Powell
stated in a press briefing that he would be indicted by the court in
Netherlands to face charges on war crimes, this is what led to my decision
as God Knows that i was never in support of his involvement in the indecent
maltreating of innocent people in Politics. This decision is hard for me to
make but i just have to make it for the sake of my children's future.

Currently the said sum was lodged/deposited in a safety deposit box in a
financial Institution which i will disclose to you as a matter of commitment
to me and this plea for assistance. I currently have the deposit Certificate
and can draw up a change of beneficiary mandate to effect you as the
beneficiary to the funds. I am a trained economist by profession and it is
in this line that i will want you to take note that your services for
assisting me will be compensated to the best of my ability.

I have this to look forward to so i would like you to keep this project
close to your heart just as myself pending when we reach the conclusive end
of this project. I will want you as a matter of confidentiality to respond
through my son's email below, so my son Chukky will deal directly with you
as security is up my whole being, and also include your telephone number as
well so that i can give you a call if the need arises as we are currently on
political asylum now in west africa. Once he gets your confirmation that you
can be of assistance to us, my son will bring you into a clearer picture of
the situation at hand.

I look forward to your response with great hope of assistance from your good
I remain Yours Truly,

Mrs Jewel Taylor

Please respond to my son's email below:

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