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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Andrew O.Kajeta" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 17:34:01 +0100
Subject: My Dear Good Friend

Dear Friend,

I am sorry at the perceived confussion you may have,by receieving this
letter from me since we have not previously met.To be precise I was a former
Personal Accountant to Charles Taylor the former president of Liberia .And I
am a citizen of Liberia and my name is Mr. Andrew O.Kajeta.I was in charge
of buying ammunition in our country. There was money maped out by the former
president of Liberia Charles Taylor to buy ammunition to fight Rebels. This
money is in my possesion right now. The sum of USD25 Million which was meant
for purchase of ammunition but was not used for that purpose as a result of
international presure on Charles Taylor to relinquish power.
Right now Charles Taylor has steped down from power for a new government.
I am explaining the source of this money to you so that you will understand
the source of the USD25 Million which I deem that it will be good for me and
you to invest this money in your country on
profitable business in your country. That is why I am soliciting for a
reliable and trustworthy foreigner to help me accomodate this money in your
This money was deposited in a security company in Europe by my instruction
through diplomatic means. The document that is backing the deposit of US$ 25
million are currently with me as the chief Personal Accountant to Charles
Taylor. At this junction I can not disclose the security's company 's name
to you until you accept my proposal for security reasons.
(1)What I need from you is to help me claim this money(USD25 MILLION) from
the security company as my foreign partner.
(2)You are entittled to 30% of the USD25 Milllion as your share for your
(4)5% will be map out for miscelleneous expenses during the transaction.
(5)And 65%will be for me Mr.Andrew O. Kajeta I have all necessary legal
documents from the security company where I lodged this money to back-up
your claim for this money.
All I require is your Honesty and cooperation to enable this deal succeed.
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate Arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of the Law.
Please get in touch with my email and send to me your Telephone and fax
numbers to enable us further this Transaction.You can reach me on my other
email account as well.
Your's Truely
Mr. Andrew O.Kajeta
N.B: Presently I am among the 150 Liberians that came netherlands as
Assylum seekers .

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