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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: LOHO JEAN <lohojean031@yahoo.cn>
Reply-To: loho_jean@yahoo.com
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 19:11:11 +0800 (CST)
Subject: MY GREETINGS



FROM: MR. LOHO JEAN
AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING UNIT
BANK OF AFRICA (BOA)
ABIDJAN COTE D扞VOIRE WEST AFRICA
REPLY EMAIL loho_jean@yahoo.com
ATTN. Pls.

This message might meet you in utmost surprise; however, it抯 just my
Urgent need for foreign partner that made me to contact you for this
Transaction I am a banker by profession from Cote D抜voire in West
Africa and currently holding the post of Director Auditing and Accounting
Unit of the bank I have the opportunity of transferring the left over
Funds U.S $17,500,000.00 of one of my bank clients who died along with
His entire family on 31st July 2000 in a plane crash You can confirm
the Geniuses of the deceased death by clicking on this web site

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stm

Hence, I am inviting you for a business deal where this money can be
Shared between us in the ratio of 50/40 while 10% will be mapped out for
Expenses if you agree to my business proposal. Further details of the
Transfer will be forwarded to you as soon as I receive your return
Mail, have a great day. Make sure you keep this transaction as your top secret and make it confidential till we receive the fund into the account
That you will provide to the bank. Don抰 disclose it to any body,
Because the secrecy of this transaction is as well as the success of it,

Mr. Loho Jean.



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