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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: "I Need Your Help" <>
Date: Sat, 01 Jul 2006 02:15:46 -0300
Subject: Please I Need Your Help

Dear Friend. If you can help my family reply to I feel quite safe dealing with you in this important business. Though, this medium (Internet) has been greatly abused, I choose to reach you through it because it still remains the fastest medium of communication. However, this correspondence is private, and it should be treated in strict confidence. I am sorry at the perceived confussion you may have,by receieving this letter from me since we have not previously met. my name is Mr. John Kajeta.My Father was in charge of buying ammunition in my country who is late now. There was money maped out by the former president of Liberia Charles Taylor to buy ammunition to fight Rebels. This money is in my possesion right now. The sum of USD10 Million which was meant for purchase of ammunition but was not used for that purpose as a result of international presure on Charles Taylor to relinquish power. Right now Charles Taylor has steped down from power for a new government. I am explaining the source of this money to you so that you will understand the source of the USD10 Million which I deem that it will be good for me and you to invest this money in your country onprofitable business in your country. That is why I am soliciting for a reliable and trustworthy foreigner to help me accomodate this money in your account. This money was deposited in a security company in Europe by my instruction through diplomatic means. The document that is backing the deposit of US$ 10 million are currently with me At this junction I can not disclose the security's company 's name to you until you accept my proposal for security reasons. (1)What I need from you is to help me claim this money(USD10 MILLION) from the security company as my foreign partner. (2)You are entittled to 30% of the USD10 Milllion as your share for your assistance. (4)10% will be map out for miscelleneous expenses during the transaction. (5)And 60%will be for me Mr .john Kajeta I have all necessary legal documents from the security company where I lodged this money to back-up your claim for this money. All I require is your Honesty and cooperation to enable this deal succeed. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate Arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the Law.Please send to me your Telephone and fax numbers to enable us further this Transaction. Your's Truely Mr john Kajeta.if you can help my family reply to N.B: Presently my family is among the 150 Liberians that came to seek Assylum in Europe when the rebels ask Charles Taylor to relinquish power.

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