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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: "Dr koudjo lawson" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 00:08:36 +0400

FROM THE DESK OF Dr Koudjo Lawson
Director Foreign Bills
Dear Friend
I got your address via the internet personality search with the togolaise chamber of commerce and i which to solicate your cooperation for this business of great magnitude however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour against your will.
I am 49, and work with a bank (one of the African leading banks in the West Coast). Here in this bank existed a dormant account number BIA 100144986-00 for the past 6 years which belong to mr Nasser Adel an Syrian national who is now late .
After going through your profile and with great commitment to prayer and fasting ,i felt relief and alleviated in spirit and decided to contact you immediately for this mutual business relationship.
When i discovered that there had been no deposits nor withdrawals from this account for this long period, I decided by the virtue of my offcial position in this establishment to carry out a system investigation and discovered that non of the family member nor relations of the late syrian national is aware of this account nor have shown up for claims despite all effort to contact any of the living relation in Syria through the Syrian embassy without any result.
This is the story in a nutshell.
Now i want an account overseas where i can transfer this funds. Thereafter, i have planned to destroy all related documents to this account. It is a careful network and for the past years i have worked out everything to ensure a hitch-free operation. The amount is not so much at the moment and plus all the accumulated interest the balance in this account stands at-US$6.3 million US dollars.
Now my questions are:-
1. Can you handle this project?
2. Can i give you this trust?
3. What will be your commission?
Consider this and get back at me as soon as possible.
Finally, it is my humble prayer that the information as contained herein be accorded the necessary attention, urgency as well as the secrecy it deserves.
I Expect your urgent response if you can handle this project.
send a mail for confirmation.
Respectfully yours,
Dr Koudjo Lawson
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