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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: "Kasib" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2009 04:26:07 -0000


My name is Sanusi Kasib 21 years old ,the only son of the former deputy minister of national security of Liberia during the regime of former president Charls Taylor. I am contacting you for your help to claim the sum of $8.5 million which my late father deposited in a security company in europe. The fund in question was packaged and sealed in a consignment with a secret code number which I am the only person that can released the information.

The security company don’t know the real content of this consignment , because it was declared as family precious items by my late father for security purpose. The fact is that I cannot handle this transaction myself and beside i will like also that, you help me invest the fund in a lucrative business. If you accept to help, I will have to send a letter of authorisation to the security company on your behalf so that you can contact them for the claim.

I offer you 20% then 5% shall be map out for the expenses incur during the process, the remaining shall be for the investment capital and the continuity of my education. I decided to intrust this fund in your hand because my instinct tell me you are a nice person after getting your contact through the chambers of commerce of your country.

Presently I am taking refuge in Abidjan (Ivorycoast) a neigbouring country where I ran away for my life because of the incident that happen in my country. My mother died at my birth and my father was assinated even though he died at the hospital after some days. This information is vital and very confidential, I hope you can keep it so? Contact me through this mobile number +22507369145 for more details if you have decided to help. I shall be waiting for your reply but after one week , from the day I sent this email to you I did not receive your call nor respons I will have to seek for another person.

I shall give you more details and infomations that will be vital and important to you, only when you assure me that you are willing and capable to help. Thank you very much for your time and understanding.

Your’s Sincerely


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