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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: "KF FIDEL" <kfj_56@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 11:40:21 +0000
Subject: FROM:KOFI JACOB

MY DEAR,
I AM KOFI JACOB,SON OF LATE DR.FIDEL B. JACOB,WHO
WORKED UNDER EX-PRESIDENT CHARLSE TAYLOR OF LIBERIA, BEFORE HIS ASSASINATION
IN THE LAST LIBERIAN CRISIS.

I AND MY MOTHER MRS.GRACE JACOB, WANT TO MOVE SOME FUND LEFT BY MY LATE
FATHER ,FOR SAFE KEEPING AND INVESTMENT OUTSIDE THE SHORES OF AFRICA.

IF YOU ARE WILLING AND CAPABLE TO ACCOMODATE THIS
INTEREST,CONTACT ME.

ALTERNAIVE EMAIL:kf2jacob@excite.com

PLEASE DO SEND US THIS INFOMATIONS:
1 PRIVATE PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS FOR EASY COMMNICATIONS
2 YOUR FULL NAME AND HOME ADDRESS.

AMOUNT TO TRANSFER OUT:USD (TWENTY
MILLION
UNITED STATES DOLLAR).

TAKING ASSYLUM IN NIGERIA.

THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR KIND UNDERSTANDING.
YOURS FAITHFULLY,
KOFI JACOB

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