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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2008 17:01:25 +0000 (GMT)

Please read and treat this letter as top secret.I am writing from the Republic of Sao Tome & Principe,a small African archipelago situated in the west African oil-producing Gulf of Guinea.I was a former Minister of Natural Resources & Energy,under President Fradique de Menezes.Please bear with me,I witheld my names for confidential purposes.
I ask your permission to pay absolute attention to this letter of mutual benefit I am writing to you today.I was sacked as a Minister of the Republic over an alleged irregular payment of government funds,diverting government funds to my personal accounts,and all other allegations leveled against me by the government.
From the moment of my sack as a minister I have been battling from one problem after the other.On the account of that battle I am strictly placed under surveillance,I am being investigating by the government security intelligence,most numbers of my properties and assets are confiscated,my bank accounts closed down by the government and I am facing restrictions from my freedom and from making international trips.
I have a secret bank account with one of the private banks here in Sao Tome and the government knows nothing about this account.In conjunction with a staff of CHEVRON Oil Company and with the candid advise of my banker,I put all the money I have in that account in the way of Bank Draft(bank cheque) since I cannot make any transfer.The amount in that Bank Draft is $5,703,000.00(US).My questions are:-
- Can you receive this Bank Draft in your country on my behalf and convert the draft to cash?
- Can I trust you with my life,can you really be trusworthy and transparent in the course of this transaction?
- Can you make this issue a TOP SECRET and maintain the confidence I am reposing in you?
If your answers is YES,please contact my agent,Mr Kanborro and he will tell you what to do and how the Bank Draft will be sent to you.Below is his contact information:-
- Contact person: Mr Kanborro Johnson,
- E-mail:
As long as you remain truthful and transparent to the end of this transaction I am willing to give youhe 50% of the total amount of the (US)$5,703,000.00 as your compensation value.All I want you to do for me is to receive this Bank Draft,take the bank draft to your bank or any major bank in your country and they will convert the bank draft to cash,take your 50% and deposit my own portion of the money to a bank as will be advised by my agent.Thank you for your anticipated assistance.
N/B:  Please do not reply this letter to me,I am under surveillance and investigation is on-going.If you are not interested please try and maintain the required SECRECY of this transaction.All correspondents should be directing to Mr.Kanborro Johnson.Thank you for your anticipated assistance.
Thank and God bless,
Yours faithfully.

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