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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: "JEWEL TAYLOR" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:10:03 +0430

Dear Friend
I am Senate Jewel Howard-Taylor Senior senate of bond county based in
Liberia.This fund investment belongs to I and my husband the ex-President
of Liberia. Mr.Charles Taylor and I have decided to look for a reliable
some One to help us invest this fund over there in he/her
Country,These said funds investment amount $50musd is been assigned by I
and my husband for investment project in your country.please i need a
partner who can handle this noble investment project properly, I want to
buy properties ,
Here in Liberia west Africa we do find it hard to trust people who can help
us in foreigner's land and safeguard our investment funds. All that am
looking for a trustworthy and God fearing person to handle this great opportunity.please
lets just achieve a common business goal with you as partners.I want to believe that we can build a
cordial business relationship. 10% of the total sum has been assigned as per your share.
I Shall visit you with my family once the funds hits into your account for the onward investment.
Kindly get back to me with the following information's of yours to enable me start the processing
1. Your Full name & Age:-----
Contact Address:---------
Contact Telephone:--------------------
Occupation & Position:--------
Above all, I wish to assure you that the funds in question is not an act of
Terrorist Funding, neither Money Laundering nor Drug-funding. Thus,
the transfer will follow the normal protocol of funds transfer, backed up with
its papers so that you will not encounter any difficulties/problem with
your Federal Monetary Control authorities. I await your urgent response.
Reply via this email:
Thanks and God bless
Best Regards
Ex First Lady of Liberia
Senate Jewel Howard-Taylor

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