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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: Teddy Mouko <>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 16:35:19 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: FROM; TEDDY AND HALIMA Teddy Mouko



Compliment of the day to you.

First of all, I will like to thank you for given your attention to
read my mail and for your interest,I pray that my plan with you shall
of good success. After you read all this mail please kindly contact us
via email.
It's my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I and my
younger sister Halima Mouko,intend to establish in your country.
My name is Teddy Mouko and am here in Cotonou, Republic of Benin West
Africa with my Sister Halima and we are from Democratic Republic of
Congo (DRC) but here in Cotonou as a result of the war in my country.

We entered as a result of the war in my country which lead to the
death of my father and mother living me and Halima alone on earth .
Though I have not met with you before but I believe,one has to risk
confiding in someone to succeed sometimes in life.

There is this huge amount of Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand
U.S dollars($5.5,000,000.00) which my late Father kept for us in a
security storage house here before he was assasinated by unknow
Now me and my sister decided to invest these money in your country or
anywhere safe enough outside Africa for security and political
reasons.We want you to help us to transfer this fund to your country
for investment.

Purposes on the followings below:

1). Telecommunication
2). Automobile manufacturing
3). Five star hotel or investment in property

If you you can be of an assistance to us we will like you to tell us
what you will take from us compensation or percentage from the total
fund. I await your soonest response. Extend my warmest regards to your
entire family.
Thank you and God bless you.

Sincerely yours.
Mr Teddy and Miss Halima

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