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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: "SENATOR JEWEL H.TAYLOR" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:13:23 +0800

Dear Friend,

I am Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor based in Monrovia here the capital of Liberia. This fund investment belongs to me and my husband the ex-President of my Country Liberia. Mr. Charles Taylor and I have decided to look for reliable some One to help us invest this fund over there in he/her Country. The said fund investment amount $35 Million-USD is been assigned by me and my husband for investment project in your country. Please i need a partner who can handle my project; i want to invest in properties /real estate.
Here we do find it hard to trust people who can help us in foreigne land. Please let¡¯s just achieve a common business goal with you as partner. I want to believe that we can build a cordial business relationship.
10% of the total sum has been assigned as per your share for the assistance. I shall visit you with my Son for the investment, once the fund hits your account for the onward investment.
Kindly get back to me with the following information of yours to enable me start the processing.
Your Full name & Age: -----Contact Address: ---------Contact Telephone: ------Occupation & Position: --------

Above all, I wish to assure you that the fund in question is not an act of Terrorist Funding or 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 Regard
Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor.
(Ex- First Lady of Liberia).

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