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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: jeffrey eric <>
Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2006 14:01:10 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dear One,

Dear One,
I am sorry to disturb or to take your time. My name is Eric Jeffrey, a political refugee from LIBERIA. I am contacting you because i need a very
reliable foreign partner who is in a position of trust and has the ability to maintain a transaction which requires utmost confidentiality. The deal
in brief is that, in the cause of the civil war in Liberia, My father who happens to be Gozie Chuma: a close associate of top government officers was able to make for himself up to $23M USD .Before his assasination last year,he was able to deposit the money in a securitycompany. His death has made me the full beneficiary of the money since i am his eldest child and because of the fact that i lost my mother and my 2 brothers to the civil war.
Now, i need a trust worthy foreign partner who will assist me invest the money in real estate business or any viable business in your country. I know you could be in position to assist and participate in realizing this transaction, please contact me immediately with the above email address on areas of investment you think will be profitable to me and the procedures to follow.
Your response would be highly appreciated.
Jefferey Eric.

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