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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: Sun, 18 Nov 2007 13:32:21 +0100 (CET)
Subject: =?us-ascii?Q?In=20Confidence=2FFrom=20Philip=20kwafu?=

In Confidence/From Philip kwafu

I am philip kwafu son of late Mr.Alfred kwafu a licensed solid
mineral (gold, diamond, etc) exporter before he passed away. Before his
death my father, apparently, married a woman who became my stepmother
because my mother died when we was very young. our stepmother already had
two daughters of about my sister age, and they came with her to live in our
Father's house. I discovered that there was some ill-feeling from our
stepmother towards me and my sisther giselle, since then we have been badly treated; being forced

to undertake work befitting only a servant, in our father's own house.
When our father died instead of being in the state of mourns as custom
demand, she went as much as desired and claimed our father's property as
well into the future regarded as a possible danger to our live. our
father before passing away informed me privately that he had an account valued
$235,000 usd which he intend to transfer into his foreign associate's account for
investment abroad on my behalf, this money he acquired from the export
contract he secured and executed under the umbrella of the government.
Truly we don't know you but considering our situation and security,

couple with an uncontrollable crisis between the rebels and government, our
live is no more protected here.we confided on your assistance and write with
every respect due to your good person and ask that you assist me to get
the money transfer to your bank account on our behalf as our late
father's foreign associate to your country for investment.

So please we want to know you better.we are willing to offer you $235,000
for your assistance after the successful transfer of this money
for investment; I have plans to do investment in your country, like real
estate, industrial production or any other lucrative investment you
bring to ourr notice in your country.

Please if you are willing to assist us, indicate your interest by
sending your phone number & address so that we can communicate with you at any
time. I will be waiting for your response.
Philip kwafu

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