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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: Jewel Taylor <>
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2017 17:24:13 +0000
Subject: Ex First Lady of Liberia.

Dear Friend,

I am Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor based in Monrovia here the capital of
This fund investment belongs to I 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 his/her
Country,These said fund investment amount $17.2Million-USD is been
assigned by I and my husband for investment project in your
country. Please i need a partner who can handle my project , i want to
buy properties,

Here we do find it hard to trust people who can help us in foreign
land. Please lets just achieve a common business goal with you as
I want to believe that we can build a cordial business
relationship. 25% of the total sum has been assigned as per your
I Shall visit you with my Son for the investment once the fund
hits into 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 nor Drug-funding. Thus, the transfer will
follow the normal protocol of fund 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

Thanks and God bless
Best Regards
Ex First Lady of Liberia.
Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor

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