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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: "williams momougo" <>
Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2006 08:58:55 -0500

Dear Sir/Ma

It is with mixed feelings that i communicate you through this medium because
im seeking a faithful, sincere and reliable foreigner who will assist us in
investing our late father's fortune in the amount of US$7, 745, 000.00.

This amount was originally deposited by our late father in a security
company in Ghana and just before my parents and two of my siblings were
killed by rebels in our family house in Sierra Leone, my father had
successfully lodged the money at the International Commercial Bank (ICB) in
Accra, Ghana.

Myself and my elder sister (who is now in London) are the only survivors of
our family. Before my sisters trip to London, we have successfully through
the assistance of the foreign operations director of the ICB, transferred
the amount from ICB's pool account to that of PRIVATE bank in Monaco which
is an affiliate of ICB. We did this because there is tax haven in Monaco and
we could not pay the huge taxes required by the ICB for the release of the
money to us.

I am therefore seeking your assstance to stand-in for us as our late
father's business partner and foreign investor, to claim this money from the
offshore bank in Monaco as the beneficiary. You will also be required to
assist us in investing our own part of the money into viable business
ventures abroad and for all this we are offering you 25% of the total funds
as reward.

The ICB has already nominated a fiduciary agent in Monaco who will act a
financial advicer and mediator between the beneficiary and the Monaco bank
and who will assist us in obtaining the relevant documents required by the
bank for the release of the funds to you. This means that we do not need the
services of a diplomat as i thought before inorder to obtain the release &
delivery of the money because it will be done through the bank. If
therefore, you can assure us of your sincerity, honesty and ability to help
us secure the release of this amount/invest it, i will give you the contact
details of the fiduciary agent in Monaco so he will present you as the
beneficiary to the funds while processing actual release of it on your

Please note that you stand no risk at all in assisting us to conclude this
transaction because the money is legitimately our family fortune. Moreover
you are not going to pay taxes to the bank to secure the release of the
funds because of tax haven being in place in Monaco. I look forward to
receiving your reply. As soon as i hear from you, we will proceed on this

My regards Williams Momougo

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