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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: hajia kudrat mohamed <>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 07:26:38 -0800 (PST)


I am Princess Hajia Kudrat Mohammed, the only Daughter of late King Moshoeshoe Mohammed II. I am 22 years old and a final year student of Medicine in
the Wits Medical School here in Accra Ghana where I am presently writing my final thesis.With regards to detailed information and recommendation of your personal and company from the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI),

I wish to ask for your favor and assistance in this confidentialbusiness with you involving the transfer of US$10 million (TEN million USdollars) only into You personal or company's account for safekeeping till Icome to your country.

This money was given to me as a portion of inheritance from my father
during his ill days and before his death in a ghastly motor accident on June1996,and was never disclosed to anyone in the family except my two sisters.Due to the polygamous battle for the struggle for birthright and whobecomes my father's successor to the Lesotho dynasty, this problem wrecked the family;my dear life was at stake for the pursuant of this goal. I thereforedeposited the money in a Security and Finance Company here in Accra toavoid jeopardy of the fund because we have no legitimate right to operate anaccount in GhanaRecently, my father's properties and wealth was shared among his fourwives.

Eventually my mother happened to be the third, although she died whenI was 7 years old and we had little or nothing out of it all because theysuspected that I had conspired with my late Father to steal some properties within my reach, as I was my father's favorite Son, due to my career in education and my general
attitude.All I want from you is to assist me in claiming my consignment fromthe Security Company and assist me also in Transferring the fund into your account.

I am currently at loggerheads with my stepbrother, LETIE II MOHATOKonjo , who is currently the King of Basotho Kingdom (Lesotho); we do notagree in virtually everything in life. He ostracized me from family affairsbecause I questioned his extravagant (USD$1.million marriage cost).

Please, I am restricted from further information but in the interim, I
would like to know the following:

1. Can your account accommodate this sum?

2. What should be your terms (percentage)?

3. What would taxes be in your country?

4. What kind of lucrative investment do you suggest?

If there is any way you can help me, kindly reach me with this
private email, Please endeavor to keep this business
confidential to avoid tarnishing my image and royalty. God bless you.

Princess Hajia Kudrat Mohammed,

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