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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: Mr William Quadroof <>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 16:13:09 +1000 (EST)

Dear Brother,

I am a 57 years old senator from KENYA. I was accursed over issues relating to looting of public fund while in Government here in my country and all my properties, investment & personal bank accounts traced has been seized.

However,l am under house arrest with my wife & children right now and they prevented our friends,relatives, including my lawyer from coming to see us until they finish investigation. As things are presently, l may not regain my freedom in next 3 years from what i am seeing now.

This is where i need help, secretly, l have money; $28.5 Million which i deposited under a Bank in England since 2006 and i had an agreement with this Bank during the time of deposit that my deposit will be due to renew duration contract on December 2008 or it will start accumulating tax of $3,000 every 24 hours passed.

Honestly, i cannot afford to loss that kind of money everyday and for how long? in any case i have decided to seek for a partner abroad with whom i can trust to give the deposit code & batch number to retrieve this money for me and use it to buy shares for me. i am ready to offer 10% of the total fund to any interested partner for his/her assistance.

Can you help?

Mr. William Quadroof

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