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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: jewel taylor <>
Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2006 11:10:23 -0800 (PST)

Dear Beloved,
With all
sincerity and humility, it is with deep pains
i write you this message
of wishful assistance to my
predicament. I am Mrs Jewel Taylor the
estranged wife
to the former president of Liberia who was asked by a
unanimous decision by the international community to
step down from the
corridors of power.
I write you this mail under duress and as a result
my recent decision to better my life and that of my
children. I have
made a decision which i know might
not be too good in the sight of men
but the present
situation has led me to this decision to better the
lives of my children.
Currently i have decided to make do with the sum
$20m (Twenty Million United States Dollars) belonging
to my husband
in which i am a benefiaciary to, i have
decided to relocate with your
assistance to your
private account the said sum. My decision was
when i could not conceive the thought that after the
States Government has promised to let my
husband go free based on the
condition that he should
step down voluntarily from power, Mr. Collin
stated in a press briefing that he would be indicted
by the
court in Netherlands to face charges on war
crimes, this is what led to
my decision as God Knows
that i was never in support of his involvement
in the
indecent maltreating of innocent people in Politics.
decision is hard for me to make but i just have
to make it for the sake
of my children's future.
Currently the said sum was lodged/deposited
in a
safety deposit box in a financial Institution which i
disclose to you as a matter of commitment to me
and this plea for
assistance. I currently have the
deposit Certificate and can draw up a
change of
beneficiary mandate to effect you as the beneficiary
to the
funds. I am a trained economist by profession
and it is in this line
that i will want you to take
note that your services for assisting me
will be
compensated to the best of my ability.
I have this to look
forward to so i would like you to
keep this project close to your heart
just as myself
pending when we reach the conclusive end of this
project. I will want you as a matter of
confidentiality to respond
through my son's email
below, so my son Chukky will deal directly with
you as
security is up my whole being, and also include your
number as well so that i can give you a call
if the need arises as we
are currently on political
asylum now in west africa. Once he gets your
confirmation that you can be of assistance to us, my
son will bring you
into a clearer picture of the
situation at hand.
I look forward to
your response with great hope of
assistance from your good self.
remain Yours Truly,
Mrs Jewel Taylor
Please respond to my son's email

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