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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: Judith David <>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 18:01:39 +0100 (BST)
Subject: From your sister.

Dear Sir / Ma,

Good day to you.

Please permit me to use this medium to thank you once more for given me this avenue to explain my problem to you. I will like to introduce myself so that you could understand and comprehend my point clearly.

My name is Ms Judith Abdulrasak Makoulou. I'm here with my younger brother David. We are from Congo Democratic in Africa.

Presently we are in Cotonou Benin Republic also in Africa as political refugees, as a result of war in my country. Which left to the death of our parents. I was still a student and David too in my country's high school. Where I was studying Medicine while David was studying Mechanical Engineering. I'm 27 years old on the 26th of march 2008 while David is 25.

Please we need your concerns and assistance because the war has claimed the lives of my parent leaving us alone in this world.

Before the incident occured my father used my name as the Beneficiary and deposited some money in a Security Finance company in Cotonou Benin Republic Africa. Which valued $9 million united states dollars in the box.

Please what I want from you is your assistance, and if possible also need your presence here in this country Benin Republic to help us settle the Finance Security Company, and to make a successful arragement for the release and delivery of the inheritance box to you, so that we can come out from this camp and come over to your country as to enable us continue with our education there in your country, while you invest the treasure in any profitable venture that you really know very well.

But if you couldn't be able to come down here then, you will kindly send us your information such as: Your full name, your home address, phone, and if also available with your fax numbers.

So that I will go to the Security company and submit your full information in their office, and I will tell them that you are the new beneficiary for replacing me, so that they will released and deliveredf my father's inheritance box with their company to you, for enablig us come out from this camp and come over to meet you for our enrollment and for the investment of the treasure for our new good future lives.

I will also send you their own contact information after I have heard from you, so that you can contact their company and apply for the release and delivery of the inheritance box with their company. These will enable the company proceed for the release and the delivery of the inheritance to you, as my new beneficiary, on my behalf.

Please, I would like to inform you that, you will promise me that you are going to accept us as member of your family by taking us to your country, and re-arrange a better school where my younger brother David and I will continue our further education for our new future lives.

After your assurance response to this predicament letter then I will go ahead with you and give you more information in this regard.

Awaits to hear from you at your earliest time. Thanks, and remain blessed.

Yours faithfully,
Judith A. Makoulou.

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