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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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Some comments about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Dear Friend" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2006 19:40:35 +0000
Subject: Re: MY PURPOSE OF MAILING YOU !!!!!! .

Dear Friend,

Please, I am sorry to disturb you with my proposal .
My name is William Michael (jnr) Kazang from bunia in the southern part of Congo democratic republic presently in Dakar-Senegal .I feel convinced to write you with hope you will assist me in my present situation . I saw your contact on business directory when I was searching for somebody who can not betray and capable of giving me needed assistance for this urgent and confidential business transactoin.

My late father engr. Michael Peirre Kazang was a licienced minner and the chairman of perrelin Gold and Diamond company in Bunia in the south east of Congo democratic republic. He was killed as a result of civil war in my country and all his properties destroyed , But I and my aged mother managed to escape with few of my father precious properties .however we are saddal with problem of securing a trustworthy foreign partner whom we can do this transaction with. we lift the document (among few others things ) covering sum money deposited in finance company in my name by my late father as the only child (heir).

I and my mother have agreed to offer you a negotiable percentage so as to see that this project is concluded .Our desired interest is to establish a long and lasting relationship with you, as well as your expertise utilisation of this fund for any meaningful and profitable investment after the money has been transfered to your country.

May GOD bless you and your family for your understanding.I await your immediate response please so that we can discuss on the way forward.

I can also be reached through alternative e-mail :

Best regards,

William Michael (jnr) Kazang .

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