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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: "Philip Charles Taylor" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 02:06:50 -0500
Subject: Awaiting Reply

Good Day To You,
How are you and your family? Hope you are doing very fine.  I am quite aware that this letter of offer may astonish
you as it comes from unfamiliar person. However it is all about going into joint business relationship with you.
In brief, I am Phillip Charles Taylor, the Son of former Liberia leader Charles Taylor who has  just been jailed by
the International Court of Justice in Hague Netherlands on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
I am the fourth son and the first son from the second wife. My half brothers being the elder sons and of course from the
first wife have hi-jacked all our fathers properties and investment abandoning my siblings and I.
These guys are much older and have come of age during the reign of our father and eventually many properties were
bought in their names, they knew our fathers secrets and right now enjoying all that belongs to all.
Recently, I managed to visit our father in prison through his personal lawyer and had an opportunity to explain
what was happening since his apprehension, for the first time I saw my father weeping. He spoke to his lawyer and
instructed him what to do, later, the lawyer handed me documents which he said contains deeds of lodgement with a
Security Firm in Europe, He cautioned me not to waste the money or invest in England and urge me to find investment
in South Africa, America, Canada, Australia or Asia for security reasons. I have through the lawyer visited the
Security Firm with the documents and they confirmed everything on my favor and are ready to release upon my
request. I have as well visited a few places on my fatherís instructions .I decided to write and solicit for your
assistance to help us invest this money in your country. The money in question is Thirty eight million United
States dollars.( $38million usd)
I am ready now to conclude the logistics of getting the money out of the Security Firm in Europe. Please if you are
interested in assisting me, contact me via this email so that we can discuss the commission that will be suitable
for you
For your assistance and as well discuss on investment opportunities. Most importantly keep this transaction very
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Best regards,
Charles Taylor

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