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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: <>
Date: Tue, 02 Aug 2005 15:26:41 +0100
Subject: ATTN.

Dear Friend,

How are you and every member of the family? I hope they are fine? if so may almighty God continue to guide you and protect you in your entire endeavor.
I am Mr MAKAR FERDDO NKOMO a Liberian by nationality. I got your contact through a Christian sister who told us that you are reliable and trust worthy person who can assist us in area of investment, though I did not disclosed to her then strength of what we have in our possession.
I am the eldest son of Chief Ben Okoniba Ferddo who was killed six years ago in the recent war at Liberia, by some political imgrates. Before he died he was the owner of okoniba and sons Diamond Company in Liberia.
After the death of my father, I and my mother quickly rush into my fathers private warehouse and took away (Two trunk boxes One containing$20,million dollars , and the Second one containing 50kgs of Diamond)
It was a male diplomat that assisted us to escape to Lome Togo, where we are presently in a refugee camp.Sequel to our discussion this evening I and my mother has agreed that we send the consignments to you in your country, since we can no longer live under the terror of Africa.
Friend, the two trunk boxes are now in the Lome Togo international airport awaiting shipment.

Dear friend, what we want you to do for us is to send me your
Full name and address and the first page of your international passport to enable me and my mother get all necessary documents needed to get the consignments delivered to your door step through diplomatic means .
I will be willing to get into investments and establishment in your country or any where you feel will be conducive with your assistance . Friend,if i may ask what precisely do you think that will be profitable in your country? and, what will be your percentage in helping me to effect the transfer of this fund to your
Please do not under estimate my request. I look forward to your prompt response and you can reply this mail to this mail box

Warmest Regards,
Mr makar ferddo nkomo

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