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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: citycent <>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 14:07:04 -0800


My name is Jerome Corsi Odinga Jnr and my sister Jane Corsi Odinga,we are Kenyan National,who is currently at the Bujumbura Refugee Camp Accra Ghana.Please i will like you to assist me and my sister to retrieve and receive our consignment over there in American that contains $25million United States dollars and some quantity of gold and Diamond, which I cannot  specify.

The consignment is presently in American.The consignments get to the state through the help of a diplomatic courier agent Mr.Chambas Mohamed IBN The fact is that  Mr.Chambas Mohamed IBN is suppose to have delivered the consignment to a man called MR.WAYNE RICHARDSON in American.

The week Mr.Chambas Mohamed IBN is suppose to deliver the consignment to him, when he got to American after clearing the consignment from the
Airport,he call MR.WAYNE RICHARDSON to tell him the description to his house for the delivery,but his wife answered the call and told Mr.Chambas
Mohamed IBN that her husband MR.WAYNE RICHARDSON hard a fatal car accident which lead to his death some few hours later.MR.WAYNE RICHARDSON has already paid the demur rages from the security company, he paid for Bullion van that took the consignment to the airport and he paid for custom check report he also assisted us in getting the DRUG / ANTI TERRORIST CERTIFICATE, but he has already acquire it,but unfortunately he died in a car accident, that was why Mr.Chambas Mohamed IBN has to deposit the consignment with a warehouse over there in American and called us to informed us about what is happening,and told us to look for a new beneficiary to received the consignment.

So please i will like you to assist me and my Sister to received the consignment from the diplomat in the UNITED STATE OF AMERICA NOW.If you accept to assist us in being our new beneficiary please kindly get back to us with your delivery address and phone number so we can forward to the courier agent in UNITED STATE OF AMERICA,for him to contact you for
immediate delivery of our consignment to you.

Please reply our private email below,


Thanks and God bless you
Jerome Corsi Odinga Jnr.

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