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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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Fraud email example:

From: nicholas taylor <>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 07:13:44 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: ATTN; URGENT.

Good day ,

I am Master Nicholas Taylor (23 yrs) the son of Mr. Tautau Agazar Taylor. who was the Director of Accounting Dept Under North Atlantic Securities Sharl.

Meanwhile I got your contact from a reliable source through my searching for a genuine person who can be my partner.My father is now very ill which I think he might not survive. My father managed to secure some amount of money (US$ 900,000.00)NINE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS)during his time in office.

But due to law in my country (TOGO) which says that an individual does not suppose to possess over $50,000 dollars, because of that he did not bank his money instead he arranged with the Western Union Manager(PITASSA KOA) to send the money through western union to his partner in America.But unfortunately his partner (MR THOMPSON MORRIS) happens to be a victim of terrorist attack that happened on September 11 in a PENTAGON HOUSE in Washington America which you knows about.So after the death of MR THOMPSOM MORRIS, my father-developed hypertension because he has entrusted so much money and property to MR THOMPSON

Now I have met with the director of the western union concerning my father's fund, which is in his possession, and he suggested that I have to provide a partner who will assist me to receive this money($900,000.00) through Western Union money transfer.So if you can work with sincerity, then I will like you to send me more details:

1,Your Telephone number.
2,Your physical addresses.

To enable me notify the director that I have seen a reliable person who can receive this money ($900,000.00) through Western Union money transfer and also inform my lawyer who will help us in all the necessary documentation that will be required to enable you receive the fund in your country through WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER so that my father will be traveled to your country for medical treatment.

Thanks and I hope to hear from you.
Nicholas Taylor

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