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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: Jessica Doran <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 08:57:49 -0800 (PST)


I wish to present this proposal for the purpose of investment in your country. My name is Jessica Doria. I am the only daughter of Late Hon Dr.Johnson Doran. the former Minister of Transport and Communication under the leadership of president Charles Taylor of Liberia.

My father was arrested by Charles Taylor on allegation of using his position in the Govenment to aid smuggling of diamond from the Lofia county diamond field,it was just a political vendetta. My father later died in the prison, it was diagnonised that he was poisoned, but Government report says heart failure.He sent a note to me before his death, regarding a deposit of the sum of Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$8.500.000.00) he deposited for me as family valuables.

He instructed me to move immediately with the documents to a neighbouring country to seek asylum. I moved to the Republic of Mali where i spent some time before finally moving to Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire with the help of United Nation Agency. Meanwhile I have located the security company, and have also discussed the possible realese of the Box.

My father left a clause that i must reach the age of 24 before i could realese the fund myself or that i have to introduce a trusted foreign partner who would be my trustee to help me invest this fund hence the need for your assistance. I request that you be my trustee and assist me in effecting the realese of the fund to your country or anywhere you will nominate for investment.

You will also be resposible for the investment and management of the fund for me and also you will help me get a good school where i will further my education.we will agree on a percentage you will take for your assistance. Please let me know immediately if you can assist me so that I will give you more information about the deposit. I thank you in anticipation to your quick response.

Best Regards,
Jessica Doran.

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