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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: "Mr. Jim Shobor" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 18:16:51 +0700
Subject: For your help

From: Mr. Jim Shobor
Address: United Nation Refugee Camp Thailand
Tel: +66-51175528

Dear Sir,

With due respect and humanity. I write you this letter which I belive would be of great interest to you. I got your contact from a business directory here in Thailand chamber of commerce and industry, I decided to unfold my investment plan to you of which I am convince as to solicit for your support and assistance after reading your profile.

I am Mr. Jim Shobor, the son of late brigadier johnson Shobor of Congo. My late father was in charge of arms and ammunition procurement for the congo Army under President Joseph Kabila. He was arrested and shot in the current crisis in my country by the rebel forces. Before his death, he was able to confirm personally to us of an existence deposit of $5.2M ( Five Million Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) which he deposited in a private security company here in Thailand for safekeeping.

After the death of my father, I was able to escape along with my mother to Thailand where we seek asylum as refugee but unfortunately my mother was killed in phuket in southern Thailand on the 26th of December 2004 by Tsunami Wave and her body was never found as she was flushed away by the sea. Her death turned my life into an orphan with unbearable condition. Now I have certified the existence of my fund in the security vault with all the appropriate documents of the fund in my hand as the next of kin/beneficiary of the fund.

Now I have concluded arrangement to clear the trunk box containing the money out from the security so that I can transfer the fund out of Thailand for investment partnership because due to my current status as a political refugee here I am limited to handle such huge amount of cash as I am limited from operating a bank account as a refugee here in Thailand.

For the above reason, I have decided to seek for an assistance and help from you as a foreign partner to enable us reach a contract joint venture partnership agreement to transfer and invest the fund in a profitable business orientation in your country under long time Joint venture partnership to enable us entrust the investment in your care and management as soon as it is cleared from the security vault here in Thailand.

(1) I will offer 10% reasonable percentage from the total fund as a reward for all your help in transfering of the fund to your bank account in your country.

(2) I will map out 5% of the total fund to meet up any expenses made by both parties during the transction.

(3) To enable me relocate and settle in your country as soon as the fund is sucessfully transfered to your account.

(4) To reach a long-term partnership agreement to entrust the investment in your management.

Note. This transaction is 100% risk free from both sides, so you should not entertain any fear. for the interest of this transaction, do not hesitate to contact me on my direct telephone number +66-51175528 Email

Please endeavour to keep this transaction confidential for the interest of my family.

Yours Sincerely,

Mr. Jim Shobor.

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