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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: "pt hzago" <>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 16:23:07 +0000
Subject: Help Save This Situation...............Jaap Roos


Dear Jaap Roos ,

With all due respect to your personality, I request that you do not feel
disturbed as I know that business of this magnitude will surely make one

write to solicit your utmost confidence, knowing too well that we have
neither known nor met each other before, but because you and the late
Mr.Williams Lewis MAYBE from the same country. Having searched through the
internet,from where I got your email address, I hereby request that you
become the Next of Kin to the late customer of our bank, Late Mr. Williams
Lewis, who died in West Africa here and abandoned a fixed deposit of Eight
Million, Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (USD$8.500.000.00), without
a specified next of kin to inherit the deposit at the time of his
death.(Maybe he did this because of the fact that he was into crude oil
deals called)"Oil bunckering"
here in west Africa.

My name is MR PETER HAMZAGO. I am an accountant and the accounting officer
to the Williams Lewis in the Ecowas Regional investment Bank,Lome-Togo. In
the financial Laws of the Federal Republic of Togo, the holding bank is
required to repatriate any abandoned fund by a foreigner if nobody comes to
claim the said funds after three (3) years of the confirmation ofthe death
of the depositor.

For the past three years, all the effort of our Customer Service Department
to trace any relative of the Late Mr. Williams Lewis has proved abortive. I
do not want this funds to go into the hands of our corrupt government
officials, who have embezzled our national funds all
these years.

My interest in this abandoned deposit is as follows:

(1) To see that this abandoned deposit is not handed over incidentally to
some corrupt officials of the government.

(2) To make you the Next of Kin to the late Mr. williams Lewis and whom
he has willed the said deposit before his death.

(3) To ensure that the deposited funds is transferred to you as your

(4) To ensure that my own share of it is invested wisely in your country
in any viable area of investment.
Bear in mind that the entire transaction will be risk - free involvement
from your side and legitimate since the funds will be coming to you as your
INHERITANCE. If this proposition is acceptable by you, respond to me ASAP
but if not acceptable by you, do not take advantage of it to betray me.
Remember that doing business over the Internet could sometimes be
unconfidential. If acceptable by you, send me your private telephone and fax
numbers for me to call you for detailed discussion.

Note;Please respond through my private email address:
( ) indicating your interest in this transaction.I
have reserved my direct phone number and will be willing to release it to
you on demand incase you may wish to speak with me.

God bless.


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