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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: Patrick Djaba <>
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2006 08:25:12 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: RE: HI

Dear Sir ,

Compliment of the season to you, I write to solicit your favour not Minding that we have not known each other before putting this proposal to you. In brief introduction, I am Mr. Partrick Sese Seko Djaba son of Mr. Djaba SESE SEKO , the only full blood brother to the late EX-ZAIREAN President MOBUTU SESE SEKO. We are presently in West Africa in the status of a refugee.

My parents recently passed away three years ago after a terrible illness in Lome-Togo. Again to be precise and straight to you, my father was unable to face the advancing rebel forces of the former President Laurent Kabila. That was why we flew to Togo on self exile, where a terrible illness really put my father on sick bed for months, and knowing of his health condition he revelled to me a deposited sum of $26 million at a Finance Company in Ghana (Twenty Six Million United State Dollars) as a family treasure.

I am contacting you based on evacuating the family treasure for me, to a more politically stable country as yours and I will appreciate your efforts in searching and recommending some viable investment areas in your country for a Joint partnership venture with you. I promise to offer you up to 25% as commission as soon as you are able to prove to me your ability to convey this money and your trustworthy partner to me, where this money will be in your care, because I am not at all knowledgeable in the business environment.

Please, Kindly reply introducing yourself and your business interest to enable us know ourselves and discuss further on how to move the money, you will be furnished with the particulars regarding the deposit of the money as soon as I recieve your interesting reply.

Please I will also appreciate your confidentiality in the whole transaction. Believing that you will accept this proposal in good faith.

Reply as soon as possible.

Best regard, Partrick Djaba

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