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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: "Mr. Justine Taylor" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:11:35 -0400
Subject: Justine Taylor


I am Justine Taylor and I will want you to be kind with me. I inherited an important some from my late Father Jerome Taylor I wish to request for your assistance in investing this sum in lucrative venture or manufacturing in your country.I have the sum of Twenty Million US Dollars, to invest in this transaction and I will require your assistance in receiving the fund in your country.

This is for the fact that my father made an agreement with the security company where he deposited the fund that I must provide a foreign partner that will assist me and I want to run away from this country so that my uncles will not get me to kill, because that has been their wish so that they will claim all my father's properties as i am talking to you now I am not in my father's house.

I am 31 years old after the funeral burial of my father my uncle invite me and my father's lawyer to read my father's will, so the lawyer told them that I am next of kins to all my father's properties since that day they are after my life they seized my passport and all the properties here in Africa they said that woman have know asses to father's property the only thing left for me now is the fund and really don't know what to do.

Now I want an foreign partner where I can transfer this funds and after the transaction I will come and reside permanently in your country. This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Africa. The death of my Father actually brought sorrow to my life. I also want to invest the funds under your care because I am ignorant of business world.

I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards. Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.
Now permit me to ask these few questions:

1. Can you honestly help me from your heart?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be
good for you after the money is in your account?

Please, consider this and get back to me as soon as possible. I will be
waiting for your immediate response.

Justine Taylor

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