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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: Sese Kazu <>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 04:33:42 -0700 (PDT)

From:Dr Sese Kazu Taylor.

Dear Friend,

I am one of the Personal Assistance to the late President Gnassingbé Eyadéma&shy; of Togo. I will not like to waste your time.

I am looking for someone to be my friend that I can trust to handle some part of the money the President wanted to go and deposit in Switzerland three weeks before he died.I am Presently in Ivory coast Because i cannot go back to my country for now.

As soon as you get intouch with me i will tell you all the modalities that
is invovled in this project.I am waiting for your quick reply.I will explain in details after your response in the next mail.

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To understand what I am about to make you aware and if you can work with me
kindly supply me the below information for further proceeding.

1.Your Full Name
2.Your Home And Office Addresses
3.Your Telephone And Fax Numbers

Thanks and waiting for your response

My Regards,

Dr Sese Kazu Taylor.

Mobile Phone:0022566072191.

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