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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: "JOC" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 13:07:37 -0300
Subject: Hello


I am Madam Jocose Luagalau Kamu -a citizen of Philippine, widow, and
legitimate heir to the late former Minister of finance who was
assassinated for been working with the ex-president Joseph .E in

I inherited a total sum of 12.3 million dollars from my late husband, The
pressure from my decease husband's family for this money has compelled me
to leave Manila and have the money which is concealed in a box is
deposited with a security and finance company Cote d' Ivoire under a
secret arrangement as a family treasure.

This means that the security company does not know the content of this box
that was shipped from the Philippine to Cote d' Ivoire under a diplomatic
coverage. My purpose of asking for your assistance boil down to the fact
that I don't want my late husband's family to be aware or name involve,
and the deposit statement of the box authorized the company to make this
box available for shipment on request only to my foreign business
representative, though unnamed.

Hence I want you to contact the the security company as my business
partner / associate, after receiving the prove from me to enable the
company release the consignment to you diplomatically, while I join you on
the arrival of the box.

I have recently paid all demur-rage ,storage charges and the shipment fee,
all you need to do is to help me contact the security company and
introduce yourself as my business partner / associate ,requesting the
shipment of the box to your address which you will provide.

And as soon as Diplomatic shipping agent approved the shipment and tell
you the arrival date of the box then I will join you to give you 15% of
the money instantly before I go on with the proposed investment in your
domain provided is secured and investment friendly. Please if you are
interested and willing to represent me as my business partner / associate
kindly write me as soon as possible.

I awaits your urgent response
Best wishes
Jocose Luagalau Kamu

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