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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: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 21:12:38 +0100

Dearly Beloved,

Better days greetings to you and your entire family,I am Tony
Eyadema,The son of the late president of Togo,a country in West Africa.

I write you this email in respect of my crates in UK, which I and my mother
want you to assist us,by standing as our trustee ,to help us receive this
crate on our behalf.The crates (Consignment)s contains $50.5 Million
U.S.Dollars that was deposited by my late father under Ghana High Commission
for my mother I,Mr. Johnson Ascot who was suppose to receive this
consignment in UK, began to demand for 50% which I and my mother did not
agree on for any reason,that was why we have to stop the delivery to him
mmediately, and search for another Beneficiary who can help us on this.

Let be honest with you,i have contacted some persons in respect of this
transaction before now, to assist me in this very matter. but due to the
fraudulent activities going on in the world through the internet today and
otherwise, all the people I contacted felt I am not for real.that is why I
am writing you this mail with due sense of humanity and responsibility,and
with the awareness that you will give it a sympathetic
and mutual consideration.

We will invest the total amount in joint venture partnership
development with your company on real estates/shopping malls etc,because
that was the former agreement we had with our supposed foreign partner
MR.JOHNSON ASCOT before he later changed his mind due to greed which is the
reason why i and my mother put a stop to the delivery of the crates to him
,please if you are willing to help me us now, kindly reply us so that we can
amend the documents to proceed the crates delivery to you immediately
because of the time limits.Thanks.

Yours Sincerely

Tony Eyadema.

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