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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: Rev.Moses <>
Date: Sun, 02 Jul 2006 00:55:22 +0200

Dear Sir/Madam,

Taking into Consideration that we have not met before or had any previous dealings,l know that this correspondent will come to you as a surprise although it is with good motive.My name is Rev. Moses Duban, an International Missionary based in Liberia.l am now in the Refugee Camp,ltaly.

A few year's ago I was in Liberia where I had established a little congregation where I preached regularly, but the civil war escalated and the church was converted to a hospital of sought. On one faithfull day three Liberian Soldiers,whom l later learnt were special aids to the Liberian former President (Late Samuel Doe) came to me and left two trunk boxes containing money with me and swore to come back for it. But you guess it, they never did because,they were among those who were captured and killed by one of the Liberian Rebels then,Charles Taylor,who later became the president,but is presently facing trial in Serrie Leonne. After this incident,l was left with the boxes containing about $19.2 Million Dollars(Ninteen Million Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). Because of the risk of keeping the said boxes on my pocession due to the in-security in my temporary Church/Hospital,l decided to deposite the aid boxes with a security Finance Firm,which has it's branches in many parts of Europe,Asia,America and Africa. Over years after this urgly incident,l had tried all l could to locate either the address of the slain Soldiers or any members of their immediate families,but all to no avail.

Now because l was among those who were evercuated from Liberia recently due to round of war between the last President,Charles Taylor and other Liberian Rebels,who were battling to take over power from him.l am now writing to request for your assistance based on your willingness to accept my wish and conditions on which l want to use this said amount for.Because of the natures of my profession (Missionary) l will not be able to stand to claim this Fund for my personal use,as it will attract questions from my followers who knew that l am only but a preacher,that is not supposed to be identified with such amount of money. That is why l'm seeking for your assistance,so that you will stand as the owner of the Fund.All the documents used in lodging the boxes/money in the security Company are all in my pocessions.l will send them to you as soon as you show your willingness to take part in this objective. l will only need 30% of the total sum, to support my Missionary works.l want you to use part of the Money,(30%) to support your business and family and the remaining 40% MUST be used for charity,especially the ophans and widows within your Country and outside Your Country.

l pray the Almighty God will give you the courage to accomplish this in good faith,if you think that you can be of use to this humanity services.
Please do contact me via my private E-mail address:(

Thanks and God bless you.

Yours Sincerely,
Rev. Moses Duban.

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