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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: "Jan Taylor" <janinvest203@msn.com>
Reply-To: janinvest2005@technisamail.co.za
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 23:40:52 +0000
Subject: TRUST




FROM MISS JAN CHARLES TAYLOR
SENOX ROAD FREE TOWN
REPUBLIC OF SIERRALEONE
EMAIL:janinvest2005@technisamail.co.za

DEAR SIR,

PROPOSAL FOR A JOINT FAMILY INVESTMENT PLAN


I AM MISS JAN CHARLES TAYLOR 25YRS,THE DAUGHTER OF THE
FORMER LIBERIAN PRESIDENT CHARLES TAYLOR,I HAVE IN MY
POSSESSION THE SUM OF TWENTY MILLION UNITED STATE
DOLLARS{$20,000,000.00},AND THE TOP LIST OF MY
PRIORITY IS WHERE TO INVEST THIS MONEY OUTSIDE MY COUNTRY.

"REASON BEST KNOWN TO ME".I URGENTLY NEED YOUR
ASSISTANCE IN PROVIDING A RELIABLE GENUINE TRADE OR
COMPANY WHERE I CAN INVEST THE FUND AND IMMEDIATELY
MEET YOU IN YOUR COUNTRY FOR SETTLEMENT.
PLEASE I WILL KINDLY WELCOME YOUR ADVICE TOO.

I AM EXPECTING YOUR URGENT MAIL RESPONSE. I NEED YOUR
SUPPORT AND SERIOUSNESS. I AM PRESENTLY ON EXILE IN
FREE TOWN SIERRALEONE WITH MY BROTHER CHOKRI TAYLOR AFTER
THE UNITED STATES ASKED MY FATHER TO RESIGN AS THE
PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA. MY FATHER IS ALSO ON A SELF EXILE IN ONE OF
THE WEST AFRICAN COUNTRY.


YOUR URGENT RESPONSE IS EXPECTED. SEND YOUR
CONFIDENTIAL PHONE NUMBER SO THAT I CAN REACH YOU WHEN
NECCESSARY.SEND YOUR RELY TO MY CONFIDENTIAL
BOX:janinvest2005@technisamail.co.za



FROM MISS JAN CHARLES TAYLOR
SENOX ROAD FREE TOWN
REPUBLIC OF SIERRALEONE


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