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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: "Jerry Zulusofola"<>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2012 08:27:16 -0800
Subject: Urgent and Important

From Jerry Zulusofola
I and my younger sister write to seek for your assistance; we got your contact from a noble gentleman that came to our refugee camp who came to give a seminar about AIDS whom we confronted that we are looking for a God-fearing person that is when your data was given to us.
I want to introduce myself to you. My name is Jerry Zulusofola and my younger is Aicha Zulusofola and we are both  Sudanese. My consignment contains the sum of 48.5 million United States dollars and some quantity of gold and Diamond, which I cannot be specify. The consignments are presently in the United State. The consignment gets to the State through the help of a U.N diplomat Dr. Newman Desmond. The fact is that Dr. Newman Desmond is supposed to have delivered this consignment trunk boxes to our adopted mother called Miss.Oliver Strongman in the State.
The week Dr. Newman Desmond is suppose to deliver the consignment metallic trunk boxes to her, when he got to the State after clearing the consignment from the Airport, he call Miss.Oliver Strongman to tell him the description to is house for the delivery, but is house keeper answered the call and told Dr.Newman Desmond that her mistress Miss.Oliver Strongman hard a fatal car accident which lead to her death some few hours later. Our mother has already paid the demur-rages from the security company, she paid for Bullion van that took the consignment to the airport and she paid for custom check report she also assisted us in getting the Necessary Document covering the Consignment and Also for the DRUG / ANTI TERRORIST CERTIFICATE, which is so expensive that he spent 75 thousand dollars to acquire it, but unfortunately she died in a car accident, that was why Dr. Newman Desmond has to deposit the consignment with a warehouse over there in State of Utah where our late a
(1) Assist in the banking safely of the said funds
(2) Advise on lucrative areas for investment
(3) Assist in purchase of properties.
(4) Assist us to continue our education and to start a better life over there.
We will need a financial support from you to get every of our legal documents been transfer to your name in the high court of justice Accra Ghana where our consignment trunk boxes is being originated from before getting to the United State before the diplomat can have the legal right to relocate the delivering to you as our new foreign beneficiary. Diplomat Dr. Newman Desmond has instructed us that as soon as we get all the documents being transfer to your name legally from the high court of justice we are to contact him immediately so that he can proceed with the delivering to you as our new foreign beneficiary. If you can render your assistance in this regard, 45% of the total investment sum will be for you, as your commission.
It will be done under a legitimate process so that we will not breach any international or local laws, governing this matter itís a 100% risk free.
I wait in anticipation of your reply and co-operation.
E mails me:
Thanks and God bless you
Jerry Zulusofola
Cell Phone #  +233 20 423 9430

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