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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: "Helen Taylor" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 14:52:06 -0600

Hello Dear,

Good day to you; please I think i feel quite safe dealing with you in this
important business transaction. Though this medium Internet has been
greatly abused, but I choose to reach you through it because it still
remains the fastest medium of communication.

However, i will like you to know that this correspondence is private, and
it should be treated in strict confidence. At first I will like to assure
you that this transaction is 100% free risk and trouble free to both
parties, My Names is Miss Helen Taylor. And I will like to ask for your
assistance to RECEIVE some money for investment in your country.

This is a legitimate transaction and I agreed to offer you 20% of the
total fund as my foreign partner after confirmation of the fund in your
bank account, so please if you are interested kindly get back to me with
the following question below.

1. Can you handle this transaction?
2. Can i give you this trust and believe you will not betray me when the
funds transfer to your account?
3. That you will help me for the investment of the fund there in your
country without applying any greedy on the fund when it get to your

On the other hand, my direct families have a large quantity of Gold dust
and bars for sale to a direct buyer. On a mutual understanding, the family
will agree with you as the sole middle man for the sale of the gold dust
and bars

i will be waiting to hear from you soonest, but please if you are not
interested delete this message and don’t bother to respond

Thanks and God bless you


Miss Helen Taylor

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