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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: "Kazim Taylor" <>
Reply-To: "Kazim Taylor" <>
Date: Fri, 05 Dec 2014 05:01:53 -0700

PHONE, +27-73-639-4004


Good day, my name is Mr. Kazim Taylor, a Sierra Leone citizen, 34 years old the son of former president Charles Taylor, a terror and heartless man, I was confused for years and also into a state of agony, but there is nothing I can do, than continue trying to see if I can lay my hand on something, he was arrested after his long time wicked to the people of Liberia and Sierra Leone, he abandoned me and my Mother for years without any assistance due to his present wife's order/authority, now he was sentenced to 50 years in prison, I was surprise to receive a message from one of his international lawyer, to inform me that President Charles Taylor deposited a total sum of (US$7,000,000.00 dollars) on my name with a private security company here in Johannesburg, South Africa, which I will not give you the full details now for security reasons, until we proceed, he apologize for his wicked treatment to me and my Mother says the lawyer, he gave me every documents proof the depository of the money, and ask me to invest the money for the future of I and my Mother.

Today I am writing to ask you, if you can assist me to move the money out of South Africa where it is at the moment, because I don't want to invest in this country, then you can now help me to invest it in your country into a right business that will be profitable, We can stand as a business partners, since I and my Mother does not have any business experience, or else I am willing to offer you 20% of the total money after you have assisted us, Ask any question you think is reasonable, and let this proposal remain as a top secret for security reasons, I will furnish you with details you suppose to know, when I receive your reply.

Yours faithfully.
Mr. Kazim Taylor

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