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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: "Timo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:01:49 -0700
Subject: [***** SPAM 35.3 *****] PLS,

Hello Please,

I hope this mail meet you in good health and frame of mind, as what I am about to propose to you would change my life and yours name is Timo Tizomo, a 21 years old refugee from South Sudan. I am from a family of 7 children, 5 girls and 2 boys and I am the first and oldest child. My late father was a very successful cattle merchant and a well-known tribal chief, both of my parent and and 3 of my sisters were murder by rebels when they invaded our village 3 years ago, I flee to Mali from where I travel to Ghana to meet with a company that my Father had deposited his money while trying to make arrangement to get us out of South Sudan at the beginning of the conflict, unfortunately who was murdered by evil men.

Before his untimely death my father had deposited USD$ 6.5m (six million five hundred thousand dollars) in cash and a USD$ 25m worth of diamond with a security company in Ghana in their vault. The contract has me as his next of kin, but the content of the vault can only be release to me in company of his foreign business partner. I don’t know any of his foreign business partner, that is why I am writing to you to act as one for me so that I can collect the said amount and diamond, I would be very grateful if you can help me and my siblings, you can invest the said amount in any lucrative business in your country and help me and later my 2 brothers and sisters to relocate to your country.

I am willing and open to negotiate the terms and conditions of your assistance. I will give further explanations and details when you signify your willingness to partner me in this transaction.
I await your favorable response. please kindly contact me with this email address :
Yours Sincere.

Timo Tizomo

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