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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Prince Hermann" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2004 23:45:16 +0100
Subject: FROM JEJE


My name is Comrade Hermann Jeje, I am the chief security adviser to formal
president Charles Taylor of Liberia. I am looking for a trusted / godly
person that can assit me in this mutual pending transaction. please read
the below the proposal:

I have a huge amount of money that I want to invest with you, as long as
you can maintain trust and secrecy, this money was meant to purchase arms
from Germany a month before we left office, I was handed the sume of US$26.million,
to arrange arms for the war against the rebel forces before we were ordered
to step down by America and the head of Ecowas countries, immediately I
notice the fall of President Charles Taylor, I quickly diverted the fund
to EQUITY FINANCE & SECURITIES LONDON.where the money is currently deposited.

Currently Iam out of liberia and decided to hide in Cotonou, republic of
Benin without the knowledge of Charles Taylor, for security reasons. Therefore
Iam soliciting for your help to secure this fund proparely into your account
for joint investment between me and you,so long as we can be honest to each
other, Iam going to make you the beneficiary to the fund as to enable you
retrive the cash out from the security safe house there in LONDON.

Every modalities on how to secure this money has been perfected which will
be furnished to you immediately you indicate your sincere readiness to work
with me in honesty and trust, also your direct phone and fax numbers are
needed for easy comminucation.

Please contact me on this private phone number...... +229 07 98 79

Waiting for your quick and good responce.

Thanks and Best regards

Comrade, Hermann

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