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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: "janiffer Stevens Donald" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 20 May 2006 02:10:30 +1300

Bujumbura Refugees Camp, Ghana.Wast Africa.
Room 23. Angola Camp 2.



Please permit me to introduce myself to you through this medium. I know
you don't know me before and maybe surprise to read from me today, but
not to worry, I got your contact from My Late father's CSINET BUSINESS
DIRECTORY, when I was making a research on how me and my two brothers,
can travel to overseas and Invest on the petroleum business or real estate business or if you will have a better idea of more better business venture.

I am very glad to have this opportunity to contact you and I want to
count on you for reliability and trustworthiness and I also want you to
handle this Issue I am about to disclose to you as confidential because
of my personality in my country.

I am Miss Janiffer Stevens the daugther of late General Donald Stevens from Diamond Creek,
Lofa County,Republic of liberia. My father was until his death, the Paramount an Independent Diamond Miner & Merchant. He died in March 13, 2005 after a brief illness at the age of 70.

One day after my father's death, I was going through his under ground
save when I saw some very Important Documents which reveals to me that
my Late father has deposited the sum of $30.3Million U.S dollars with a
Private Security & Finance company House in Accra Ghana.

My two younger brothers, SOLOMON and SMITH and myself have not traveled out side West Africa before.

This is the main problem we have.

We are presently taking refuge at the Bujumbura Refugee Camp here
in Ghana under the Auspices of the United Nations High Commission for
Refugees, U.N.H.C.R.

I want you to assist us in retrieving the funds to your country then
make arrangements for me and my two brothers to Join you there, where
you will also help us buy a House and Invest the rest of the money on any
profitable business for us.

My two brothers, and myself are willing to set-aside 5% of the Total
money to cover any expenses you make. We have also agreed to offer you 15% of
the Total amount for your service.

I will give you further details of the Security & Finance Company House
in Accra Ghana and also the Documents that was issued to my late father by the company during the time of deposit as soon as I
get an indication of your interest to help us.

Send me an email through this email address for more details and I will apriciate your urgent response.

may God bless you

Yours truly,

Miss janiffer

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