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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: Johnson <>
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2007 02:48:27 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Please assist me.

Dear One,

First,I must apologize to you for using this medium to communicate with you about this transaction,though it is my great pleasure in writing you.I am Mr. Johnson Ubaka ,from Liberia. I was employed as a cook/steward in the Presidential Villa of the Executive President of the Federal Republic of Liberia and this is where I came in contact with the Ex-President Charles Taylor who was then the President of Liberia.

During my tenure as the cook/steward in the presidential villa,the Ex-President Charles Taylor took me special untill he was forced out of power due to pressures mounted on him from the international communities, particularly President George W. Bush of The United States of America. He ran to Exile where he was granted political asylum immediately after his exit from power, the rebels from the northern part of Liberia broke into another bloody war which resulted into the killing of my father and two junior sisters. My mother narrowly escaped death in the hands of the rebels after succeeding in amputating her right hand. She is currently taking refuge at the United nations refugee's camp in Guinea Conankry.

During my stewardship in the presidential villa,the Ex-President Charles Taylor made a secret deposit of $5M (Five Million US Dollars) to a reputable security company on my name as the beneficiary.This also can easily be withdrawn or paid to a recommended beneficiary since I can not handle this alone for now, therefore,I wish to know if we can work together and sincerely will appreciate your express acknowledgement of the receipt of this mail so that I can give you comprehensive details on what we are to do immediately.Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded and also your percentage will be discussed on your response.

Yours Sincerely,

Johnson Ubaka.


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