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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: M Galloway <>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 03:26:11 -0700


I am Prince Ali Kashmir from Liberia; I live here in Ghana.

However, I write to seek your cooperation to retrieve my money that is
now in the custody of the diplomat who took it to your country after
Mr. Jose Brizuella Francisco Creo out of greed as we initially agreed
to compensate him with 30% of the total sum of the money ($30M US$)
but on the arrival of the diplomat there he refused our initial
agreement and demands 60% of the total sum. He said he has to give
some % to his partner there before he proceeds with his promised to
set up our investment. I agreed to increase his % by 10% so that he
gets 40% but he refused and said 60% or no deal. Now he doesn't even
reply to my mails again,and do not answer my phone call again.

Moreover, if you can assist to participate and retrieve this money
from the diplomat as he does not know the content of the consignment,
I will be very happy to compensate you with 30% of the total sum. This
transaction is 100% risk free.

Furthermore, I will give you the contact details of the diplomat ,as
he arrived there some few weeks ago, so that you can contact with him,
and then take delivery of the consignment.

Consequently, I need an experienced person like you to assist me set
up, develop our project as I intend to invest in building a tourist
hotel, real estate development and on agriculture, on resumption of
this project,you will be the director for the role and assistance you
rendered, and you will also be entitled to a percentage agreed upon
from the investment.

I will be very glad if you will take into consideration this
transaction and respond as soon as possible,so that we can proceed
and conclude this transaction.

I await your kind and positive update.


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