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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: jiullus Mike <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 09:35:35 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Can i put my trust in you?

From: Jiullus Mike.

Dear Trusted One,

Best Compliments.
It's my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I intend to establish in your country. Though we have not meet before but I strongly believe one have to risk confiding in someone to succeed from my present situation and for the best of my future.

I am persuaded to reach you by faith believing that you will accept this offer in good faith. I am Jiullus mike, The Only Son of late chief Mike Thomas. I am in the position of US$8.3Million which I want to invest in a lucrative business venture in your country.

This money is of no criminal origin as it was released from the alluvial gold dust sold during the Regional war when my father was the governor of Sekondi Province. I want to move this money abroad and invest it in a profitable ventures as time is now ripe for such move.

I am 21 years old the only child of my late parent Chief and Mrs Mike Thomas Native of Monrovia, Republic of Liberia.Due to the series of continuous war in our country for multiple years ago, there is this huge amount of eight million, three hundred thousand U.S dollars($8.300,000.00) which my late father kept in a STORAGE HOUSE here in Abidjan Cote d'lvoire before he was assassinated by some unknown enemies.

Now I have decided to invest these money in your country or anywhere safe enough outside Africa for security and political reasons.
i urge that you help me to transfer this fund to your country for investment purposes on the followings below:

1). Telecommunication
2). Automobile manufacturing
3). Five star hotel
4). Or any profitable business that moves in your country

Now permit me to ask these few questions:-

1. Can you honestly help me as your Son?

2. Can I completely trust you?

If you can be of an honest and sincere assistance to me, i will be pleased to offer to you 30% Of the total fund for your kind and humane assistance.

I await your soonest response so that i will tell you the nest step to follow. My warmest regards to your entire family.

Thank you and God bless you.

God bless you.
Mr Jiullus Mike.

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