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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:

Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 21:12:10 +0200

TELL 09 306945598814



I am LEBEKO SELLO, the son of Late King Mohatu Seiso of
I am 38 years old and a final year student of Foundation for Research and Technology — Hellas Greece where I am presently writing my final thesis.
Regards to detailed information and recommendation of
your person and company the chairman of the Greece chamber of commerce and Industry, I wish to commence this confidential business with you,
involving the transfer of SIXTY FIVE Million United States Dollars (US$65,000,000) into your personal or company account for safekeeping pending on when I come to your country for my investment.

This money was given to me as a portion of inheritance
from my father during his ill days and was never
disclosed to anyone in the family except my two
sisters due to the polygamous battle, for the struggle
for birthright and who becomes my father's successor
to the kingship of Lesotho. This problem wrecked the
family and my dare life was at stake for the pursuit
of all these goals. I therefore deposited the fund in
a Security and Finance Company here in Athens to
avoid the jeopardy of the fund because we have no
legitimate right to operate an account in Greece.

Recently my father's property and wealth was shared
among his four wives and eventually my mother happened
to be third, although she died when I was seven (7)
years old, and we had little or nothing out of it
because they suspected I have conspired with my late
father to seal property within my reach as I am my
father's favorite son due to my career in education
and general attitude. In fact, no "Will" was written
before the death of my father.

Now my main objectives of conacting you are to seek
assistance in transfering this fund into your
private/company's account in your country.In fact, all
the necessary arrangements regarding this transfer
have been made by a senior bank director and he has
sincerely promised to assist me to get the money
smoothly out of Greece.
Remember that this business require a high degree of
trust and confidentiality and as such, I and my two
sisters have unanimously agreed to offer you 15% of
the total sum, 80% will be for us and 5% will be set
aside for any expenses that may be incurred in the
process of the transaction. Pls do contact me on this email:

Therefore, if there is any way you can assist us
please kindly reach me immediately with the telephone
number above for further details. pls do contact me on this email, I advice
that you keep this business secret to avoid tarnishing
my "Royalty".
God bless you.


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