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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 by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: john mayaki <jh_mayaki@yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 11:20:59 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Urgent reply !!!


FROM THE DESK OF MR.JOHN MAYAKI.
ICON SECURITYAND FINANCE SARL,
RUE 12 BOULIVARD IYADEMA,
LOME TOGO.
WEST AFRICA.

DEAR FRIEND,

I AM MR.JOHN MAYAKI,THE MANAGER OF OPERATION WITH THE ICON SECURITIES AND FINANCE SARL. HERE IN LOME TOGO.ICON SECURITIES IS A SECURITY AND FINANCE COMPANY THAT HANDLES PERSON,FAMILIES AND COMPANIES PRECIOUS METALS E.G:GOLD,PRECIOUS STONES AND DIAMOND,AND ALSO,WE PROVIDE SAVINGS AND HOUSING LOAN TO PERSONS,FAMILIES AND COMPANIES.

I GOT YOUR CONTACT WHEN I WAS SEARCHING FOR A FOREIGN PARTNER WITH WHOM,I CAN TRUST AND DO BUSINESS WITH. HOWEVER,ON THE 26TH OF DECEMBER, 2003 THERE WAS AN AIRCRASH INCIDENT THAT TOOK PLACE IN REPUBLIC OF BENIN (C OTONOU) WHERE ONE MOHAMMED HOUESS TAYSSIR,OUR LEBANESE CUSTOMER AND AN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESSMAN DIED IN THE PAINFUL INCIDENT (AIRCRASH).THIS IS QUITE SORDID AND TRAGIC.

PAINFULLY ENOUGH,BEFORE THE AIRCRASH,MOHAMMED HOUESS TAYSSIR DEPOSITED THE SUM OF (US$ 6.5M)WITH US,WELL PACKAGED IN TWO BOXES AS PRECIOUS METALS.DUE TO MY POSITION IN THE COMPANY,HE CONFINDED IN ME,BY TELLING ME THAT HE WANTS TO USE THAT MONEY FOR HIS PERSONAL POLITICAL AMBITION,SO HE BROUGHT IT SAFE KEEPING FOR SECURITY PURPOSE.

I AM THE ONLY PERSON WHO KNOW ABOUT THIS IN OUR COMPANY.NEVERTHELESS, SINCE HE DIED NOBODY HAS COME FOR THE CLAIM OF THESE BOXES CONTAINING SIX MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS (US$ 6.5M) WHICH WAS STRATEGICALLY REGISTERED AS PRECIOUS METAL.

IT IS THEREFORE MY DISTINCT PLEASURE AND PRIVILEGE TO PERSONALLY SOLICIT FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE IN PURPORTING YOU OR YOUR COMPANY AS THE NEXT OF KIN TO THE DECEASED.ALL ARRANGEMENTS HAS BEEN PUT IN PLACE FOR A HITCH AND RISK FREE TRANSACTION.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN TRANSACTING THIS DEAL WITH ME,INDICATE YOUR INTEREST TO ENABLE ME GIVE YOU MORE DETAILS AND INSTRUCTIONS ON THE MODALITIES.I CAN NOT BE ABLE TO HANDLE THIS BUSINESS MYSELF AS A STAFF OF THE COMPANY.

I AM GOING TO PURPORT YOU AS THE NEXT OF KIN TO THE DECEASED. IN ORDER TO HAVE A SMOOTH SAILING IN THIS TRASACTION I PLEDGE MY UNFLINCHING MORAL SUPPORT BY GIVING YOU ALL NECESSARY INFORMATIONS NEEDED.

NOTE:THIS TRANSACTION REQUIRES ABSOLUTE SECRECY AND CONFIDENTIALITY.

YOURS SINCERELY,

MR.JOHN MAYAKI
TEL:+228 90 33 318.
Alternative email:johnmayaki1@myway.com

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