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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: boniface jane <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 12:37:16 +0100

Business Proposal Att: Sir/Madam My name is Boniface Jones (21) my sister Jane (19) Jones. I am the son to Mr. Ernest C. B. Jones, Minister of Rural Development and Chairman. Special Executive Committee on Electricity (SECE) a Native of Monrovia in Liberia and who works with Mining industry, governmental and related organizations in Liberia before he's death. My Father (MR ERNEST C.B. JONES), has as a result of trust and confidence he has mandated that I search for a Reliable and trustworthy foreign partner, who Will help receive some funds, which we have in cash Totaling 28.5M (United States Dollars Only) into a personal, company or any Reliable foreign for safe keeping for a Short period of time, since our family bank accounts Within and outside the country have all been Frozen by the authorities. However he have managed to push the money abroad and it is presently in the custody of ECO BUREAU SERVICES in Abroad,hopeing for an trustworthy person or company and who will not sit on the money when receive it. The total sum will be shared as follows: 20% for you, 75% For my family, and then the remaining 5% will be used for the reimbursement of all the expenses we will incurred in the process of this transaction There is no risk involved what so ever on this transaction, these funds will be received in your favor upon proper application. If you are interested in this business, please urgently contact me on the following above e-mail address. So that I will give you more details. Please endeavor to keep this business confidentially will be most grateful if you can come forward and help me. This is a proof of the transaction. Thanks Best regards Mr.Bonifacei Jones
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