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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: "ALLAN WALLE" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 10:33:06 +0000
Subject: I NEED A HELP

Att Please,
I am Mr ALLAN WALLE JOHNSON from Sierra Leon.I am 23 years old and presently residing in Dakar-Senegal because of the political crisis in my Country. I got your contact in strict confidence through Senegal Chamber of Commerce.
I would Honestly want to seek for an immediate assistance from you, I have $12.5 Million US dollars belonging to my late Father Mr DESMOND WALLE JOHNSON who was held bondage by the Rebels during the crisis and was letter killed.
I ran to Senegal refugee Camp when I Discovered danger to my life and that of my only sister Theresa untill the death of my beloved father he paked the above mentioned Amount and deposdit it with a SECURITY and FINACE for safe keeping i have every Documents regards the transaction I have contacted the SECURITY and FINACE and confirmed the safety of the money/inheritance,
As it is, I have the intention of investing the money oversees and however needed a Foreigner who is capable of giving adequate assistance to me by the way of clearing the money from the SECURITY and FINACE and thereafter forwarding it to your Account for investments.
I have nice percentage of the money for you. If Necessary, Please do feel free to ask me questions on this as I wait for your reply soonest.

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