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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: "Victor Nkono" <>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 07:14:54 +0000

SUIT 78,
Dear Friend,
I hope you will not receive this proposal
too surprising. I got your
contact E-mail address in the Internet
while sarching for atrustworthy
business partner who I can entrust a
reasoning amount of money
on his or her care for investment.I am a
Liberian and a cabinet member of
President Charles Tailor?s
I am presently in Nigeria under political
asylum status because of the on going war
in Liberia. For your information I have
secured and sent abroad the sum
of $30,000,000.00 (THIRTY MILLION UNITED
STATE DOLLAR) through a diplomatic means.
The fund is presently under the custod in
a Finance/security company in oversea.
The money was originally meant for the
purchase of arms and ammunition to fight
the rebel groups in Liberia but from the
look of things it is like we cannot
continue with the war because of the
intervention of President George Bush of
America .As a result of the present
development I now send the money abroad
for my personal investment without the
knowledge of our Government.
My main purpose of writing you is to seek
your partnership if you could make claim
of the money from the security company as
the beneficiary for the benefit of both
us. I am willing to discuss sharing ratio
in any reliable business you would
embark. Details of how you are going to
claim the money from the security company
will be made now to you as soon as you
indicate your interest in this
transaction. Please treat this proposal
with utmost confidence.
I need your urgent response through this
ThanksBest regards,
Mr.Victor Nkono

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