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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: "Keita Zaghami" <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2005 21:20:24 +0700
Subject: Thailand Tsunami Disaster Victim

Dear Sir,

Greetings to you, my name is Keita Zaghami. My mother and I sincerely need your help to keep my mother alive. I need your attention regarding my family business and current situation. And note that you have to handle this confidential and sincerely by not discussing it with anyone for security reasons and also to avoid any third party complications. I pray you will not let us down.

My mother is currently admitted in a private Hospital in Phuket as a result of injuries sustained from the Thailand Tsunami disaster.

I am the only surviving child of My parents. Mr/Mrs Zaghami, a citizen of Liberia, My Father owns one of the biggist Resort in the Phuket Island of Thailand. It is quite unfortunate that my father and my two sister died of the Tsunami disaster and their body are yet to be discovered and my mother narrowly escaped dealth.

My father's business have been raised down to nothing. A deposit of 473,765,481.87 Million Thailand baht (11.5 M US$) which is the only document left behind for me and my mother at the moment. I was adviced by my late father never to deal with Thailand people in terms of business. My mother and I in a mutual agreement want this fund to have two beneficiary's so we can be able to transfer/Lift it to your country in your name.

At present, I am the next of kin to all my family's wealth and valuables but I would like a meeting with my mother so that we will discuss on how best to secure this money. I believe that by the special grace of God, you will help us move this money out of the security company to your country where we can invest this money judiciously with you. You are entitled to a reasonable part of this money based on our agreement and God will bless you as you help us. Kindly reach us on this phone number: +665-1539-304. Most preferably at night anytime from 22.00hours Gmt(10.00p.m) because at this time, my mother and I are usually together because she is free from medications at night except on sudden or unforeseen emergencies.

Your quick response will be of great benefit to us and please remember us in your prayers. May Allah Shelter and Care for you.

Tel: +665-1539-304.

Best Regards,
Keita Zaghami.


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