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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: "Dratih David"<>
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 04:45:48 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Kind Regrds

Hello,Sorry to call your attention. I know you do not know me, but Iwant to know if you will do this business with me.My name is Dratih David from Liberia.I served under Ex-president Charles Taylor as a commissioner.I managed to remove a trunk box containing Twenty-eightmillion united states dollars only and deposited with a securitycompany, as a companies treasure. This happened when Charles Taylorcame on exile. Now, I need a trustworthy and honest person that willassist remove this fund to his overseas account.If you are interested, kindly reply me.with this email I will give you the details.RegardsMr. Dratih David

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